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07.11.13

Hostas in Florida

These plants have never turned out good for me but my local nursery people said these hostas are for Florida. Oh, notice the white flower? I hope I will be able to post 3 beautiful hosta plants in a few months.
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  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Susan S, I probably am not bothered by slugs because I have slug predators like snakes, salamanders, beetles, crows, ducks, geese, toads, foxes, frogs, raccoons & other wildlife to handle them.
  • Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    Sherrie - yeah . . . . .BUT, you have an entire wildlife refuge at your disposal!!! The birds don't seem very interested in controlling the slug population. My hostas may be too close to civilization - located in flower bed directly off front porch. I
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Susan S, you can have a wildlife refuge at your disposal. Just invite the wildlife with water, food, shelter. Thhhhhhhat's all it takes.
  • Donna McCrummen Bernardsville, NJ
    Hosta lover here. I planted a hosta garden under a big pine tree on the shady side of my house. Even in summer I rip the plant apart and plant little bits of root. They will take a little sprinkle of Osmocote and next spring Voile. Hosta Heaven.
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Shabby Daze, I'm wating, waiting for sucess with hostas. I do believe I finally have the right hostas for Florida. Time will tell. Why don't you post a picture here and make me feel bad? I can handle it.
  • Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    Sherrie - waiting for Hosta's to do their thing is a lot like watching paint dry or grass growing!! It ain't gonna happen as long as you're staring at it!! LOL Hosta's seem to be a slow grower but each year come back bigger ' better than the season
  • Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Sherrie, I will be watching with interest what happens with your hostas as that's a plant that we've always been told won't grow here. The times they are a changing!
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Douglas, I looked at what I wrote & I'm sure Leu Gardens wouldn't appreciate it. Whoops.
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Douglas Hunt I bought my little hostas 1 year ago in 3 little pots. They are growing larger as of today 7/9/13. They even have a couple small flowers but I love the look with/without flowers. Hostas in Florida are very unusual.
  • Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    Indeed they are Sherrie. You are blazing a trail!
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Douglas Hunt not quite blazing the trail but at least trying to make one. I will post pics later this week. I know one thing - they like shade and a little morning sun. I want them to grow big like the pics I see growing north of Florida.
  • Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    I'm not sure what type of hostas you have, Sherrie. Not all of them get to be a large size: there's one called "Mouse Ears" that never gets more than 8 inches.
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Douglas Hunt I posted my three 1 year old hostas. The name I know them by is Florida Sun Hostas. No bugs no problems and one little flower. I hope they keep it up.
  • Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    That's a beautiful shade garden you have going on there, Sherrie.
  • Sherrie S Debary, FL
    Douglas Hunt thank you for the nice comment. The shade garden is 15' long and then another 8' all of which is protected by a beautiful bald cypress tree. All of my orchids are also protected by that tree.
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