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Sherrie S
Last reply on Jul 11, 2016

Hostas in Florida

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Sherrie S
Last reply on Jul 11, 2016

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
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 16, 2014

    I posted my Florida Hostas today. Two have flowers. Of course they aren't as big as hostas grown north of here but I I'm really happy with them. This is for you @Douglas Hunt

    • Douglas Hunt
      Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
      on Jul 17, 2014

      @Sherrie S Thank you, Sherrie. Those are looking great!

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 17, 2014

    Thank you @Douglas Hunt I'm really surprised they are growing here.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 17, 2014

    Oh @Douglas Hunt I've been asked what that plant next to the Hosta on the right is and I don't know. Can you tell me what it is?

    • Douglas Hunt
      Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
      on Jul 18, 2014

      @Sherrie S LOL! I was going to complement you on that plant and then had a brain freeze on the name. I believe it is a type of Calathea, but don't hold me to that. They're not easy to grow, and I'm somewhat surprised it has made it through the winter for you.

  • Sandy Pudoff
    Sandy Pudoff Orange Park, FL
    on Jul 17, 2014

    @Sherrie S I've been growing Hostas in No Fl for at least 15 years. I have Sum and Substance which has been divided at least 3 times and is again close to 4' across. I have had great success with some and just so so with others. They want shade but not tree shade. They don't want to compete for their water. I plant my on the north side of my house as foundation plants. I've not done well with blue hostas down here if that helps anyone.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 17, 2014

    @Sandy Pudoff I found your post most interesting. I was glad I found one Hosta that survives in Florida. How long did it take your Hosta to become so large.

    • Sandy Pudoff
      Sandy Pudoff Orange Park, FL
      on Jul 19, 2014

      @Sherrie S @ I'm a regular chip head! Here's your photos, sorry I have long lost the correct first name for these guys. I'm happy if I know there family name! I'm a gardener not a bookkeeper. All these hostas are at least 3 years old, I wasn't here this spring and worked on my front yard last spring. That's about as specific as I can get, sorry. I didn't photo any of the thriving divisions of the Sum and Substance, just duplicative and I feel like I'm hogging the whole page. Happy Gardening!

      This is about 3' across what I bought as Sum and Substance.

      This is about 3' across what I bought as Sum and Substance.

      This is the 3rd year for this WalMart impulse buy.

      This is the 3rd year for this WalMart impulse buy.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 18, 2014

    @Douglas Hunt Those plants have been here for years. They die back in winter & come back prettier than ever. I do know they like shade and bugs don't bother them

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 19, 2014

    @Sandy Pudoff do any of your hostas get flowers? I like the Walmart plant the best. I'm also looking at sum & substance. Thank you for your post.

    • Sherrie S
      Sherrie S Debary, FL
      on Jul 26, 2014

      Sandy I will go to my local Walmart and buy one if they have it. Thank you very much for your post.

  • Nancy Hetrick
    Nancy Hetrick Norwalk, OH
    on Jul 19, 2014

    I live in Ohio and all of my hostas have blue flowers. Is there any specific reason to let them bloom? I think they make the hosta look kind of leggy, so I cut them off at the bottom of the stem. Should I let them grow or is it ok to cut them back?

    • Douglas Hunt
      Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
      on Jul 20, 2014

      @Nancy Hetrick Removing the flowers will have no effect on the health of your hostas. If you don't like the flowers, cut them off.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Jul 21, 2014

    @Sandy Pudoff I am just learning about these plants and I only have three little ones. I watch them because I won't repeat a mistake. Seems I'm winning this time with my little ones. I'm going to check out a few of your suggestions & thank you.

  • Denise
    Denise Homosassa, FL
    on Jun 30, 2016

    I am located in west central Florida (south of Ocala but north of Tampa) and have about 46+ different varieties. Including Liberty, Orange marmalade, Sparkler, June, Paul's glory, Victory, Stain glass, Cathedral window, On stage, Hollywood lights, Dancing queen, Guardian angle, Spring morning, Devils advocate, Heat wave, Seducer, Blue Ivory, and many more. Going on year 3 for me (coming back every year lager and larger). I have lost about 3-4 this year to the huge bug's (grasshoppers) so don't give up hope if you live in Florida (we had a very mild winter this year. And they still came back better then last year)

    • Sherrie S
      Sherrie S Debary, FL
      on Jul 11, 2016

      Denise one of my teeny tiny hostas looks like it will have flower. It has the perfect environment and looks good but it is a tiny plant. I don't think hostas like Central Florida. I'm about ready to give up.

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