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Re: Size of Hostas

Denise Nakon wrote:

> If the soil was hardpacked, it definately
> > would limit growth.
> >
> So, in other words, if you took 2 of the same hostas and planted one in
> clay and one in sand, the one planted in the sand, in 3 years, would
> probably be much larger than the one in clay, right?

I think both have their vices. Clay limits growth of the roots, where sand
drain very rapidly. I have both on my property. What works well for me
when planting, is to make a hole about 3 inches deeper than necessary and
put a couple inches of the cheapest mulch you can find. It gives plenty of
space for roots to grow and also holds moisture, benefitting both sand and
clay plantings.

I have taken plants that are in clay and dug them upslightly, just to
loosen the soil around the roots. I try to keep my beds as loose as
possible, turning them just as you would a vegetable garden.

Ray W
Mentor, Ohio

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