Asked on Oct 11, 2017

Hosta trouble



I bought two very healthy 4" hosta plants a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I never got them planted. Should I go ahead and put them in the ground, put them in a pot, bring them inside, leave them out?

11 answers
  • Kim
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Call your local Agricultural Extension Office. That can tell you the best choice for your area.
    If you can’t find them, call your nursery since they should know as well.

  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 11, 2017

    If you cannot plant them in the ground leave them in the pots outside
  • Susan K Mullins
    on Oct 11, 2017

    I would put them in the ground as soon as possible. Provide plenty of water as needed and Miracle Grow once a week, until they take hold.
  • Amanda
    on Oct 11, 2017

    HI Pegg. I would put them in the ground. Hostas are pretty hardy, and they should have enough time to get established.
  • FL
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Depends on where you live and how bad your winters are. can you respond here on this post as if responding to your own question?
  • Martha
    on Oct 11, 2017

    You can put them in the ground before winter if they're still alive. They normally die down in winter, but hopefully their roots would have taken hold during winter, and will grow out healthily in Spring/Summer. Remember that slugs and snails love their leaves, so protect them from those pests in whichever way you prefer.
  • Karen Krysowaty
    on Oct 11, 2017

    As long as you are not expecting a frost over the next month, go ahead and plant them. Mulch them well
  • Stephanie Mitchell
    on Oct 11, 2017

    If your weather is cool right now I would bring them in. Make sure that you keep them in the shady part of the house while giving them some sunlight. I would suggest a eastern window or even a northern one. I have hostas in both places and they are doing fine. Make sure you give them water and do not drown them. Better yet put them in a bowl or bucket so they can draw on the water when they need them. Do not fuss over them as most of the time they do not like it. They will probably go dormant so don't fret. Most places guarantee their plants for one year so the store may refund your money or even replace them. My experience is to try to save them as stores can be fussy. You might also give them some help with coffee grounds or even tea bags. All used of course and cool. Even egg shells work to help build better plants.
  • Pegg77
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for all the replies. I am in Colorado. We had are first hard freeze two nights ago. They say it will be lows of mid 30's & highs of 70's during the next 10 days. The plants are still outside. The leaves are hanging lower this morning. I can email my extention center. I forgot about them. Thank you!
  • Deb3350875
    on Oct 11, 2017

    yes, plant and water them every day for a while?
  • Chubby58
    on Oct 11, 2017

    If the pot has drain holes, you can just put them in the ground now, cover them with some leaves and they will sprout again in the spring.
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