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RE: Bringing Hostas Indoors

Hi Vicky,
You can bring them in, and they will start to grow, but you need to be prepared to care for them until the weather will permit taking them outdoors for Spring.  It will be important to aclimate them to outdoor temps gradually, and you might also experience an early dormancy. I went through a winter of worry some years back due to early dormancy. I purchased Hosta while visiting family in Alabama, packed the in my suitcase and planted them in my garden (Buffalo, NY).  All the plants from Alabama went dormant early since they start growing there sooner, and weren't used to the climate here.  Anyway, you will be simulating something like this by forcing them early.
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Alan & Vicky Cahanes
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 5:03 PM
To: Hosta-Open
Subject: Bringing Hostas Indoors

Hi Everyone,
I have about 15 or so hostas that were left in there
containers from last year that never got planted. I didn't
get outside and cover them with leaves or straw in time
for the first snow fall. Now I noticed that some of them
are not covered with snow. What I want to know is can
I bring the pots indoors and sit them in the heated basement
in front of windows so they get light. They have been dormant
since November. I assume that's enough of a dormant
period for them. If I bring them in, do I just let them thaw
out and start watering them. They won't get planted in the
ground until about June.
Vicky Cahanes
New Richmond, WI
zone 4a

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