How do I grow hostas in a pot?


mine are turning brown around leaf edges

  6 answers
  • Gk Gk on Aug 30, 2019

    I have all my hostas planted in the ground! I never thought of keeping them in pots! I will have to try that! Seems like a big enough pot and good drainage is critical in keeping hostas in pots.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Aug 30, 2019

    It just maybe time for them to die back for winter.

  • Columbia GB Columbia GB on Aug 30, 2019

    Too bad you didn't post a photo. It's probably just not getting enough water. There are other clues to this shown on the leaves. Could also be sun scorch. But without a photo, we're all just guessing. Also, indicating where you live helps with gauging whether a condition might be seasonal.

    I have several hostas in large clay pots. As your hostas grow and mature, the roots are going to fill the pots and they will require almost daily watering.

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    • Columbia GB Columbia GB on Sep 01, 2019

      This looks like sunburn to me. I've included photos of mine below. Mine are 3 year old plants that were potted in 12" pots straight from the nursery and they were about the size of yours at that time.

      We recently moved to a new place and I've been moving mine around trying to find a spot where they won't burn. It took a while, but I found it. In the meantime they did burn and you can see some of the remnants of this on mine. They look exactly like yours.

      At my previous place, the plants were against a fence where they only received a few hours of very early morning sun and then shade for the rest of the day. They loved it!

      Now, they get dappled sun from trees with almost full sun around noon for 30-45 mins. They are doing okay with it and it's the best I can do for them without building a special shade contraption for them. Keep in mind, hostas can grow in full shade if necessary.

      Additionally, on the photo of the plant with red outlines you can see signs of heat stress. In the summer, we get 95-100'+ temps during the day. So, even though they had plenty of water, transpiration rates were high and they dimpled from loss of water. This will also happen if they get too dry when they are growing and new leaves are emerging. Bloom stalks will also twist on some varieties if they are too dry when they start to emerge.

      A couple of suggestions - remove the blossom stalks when they are done blooming so the plant can direct it's energy toward the leaves or growing more roots. Otherwise, it's trying to nurture seed pod growth. Also, I see roots on one of your photos. I would add a thin ( an inch or two ) layer of compost or enriched dirt to the top to give the roots some protection from the sun.

      So, move them to a shadier spot. Go for early morning or evening sun. Or move them to the other side of your tree. I need to keep mine out of full sun from 9am to 5pm because I'm in the high desert at 6800 ft. So, the sun is super intense here. You may get away with more exposure depending on your location.

      Hope that helps.

  • Veronica Morales Veronica Morales on Aug 30, 2019

    will try to get home early enough to post some photos tomorrow. thanks.

  • Veronica Morales Veronica Morales on Sep 08, 2019

    So very helpful, thanks so much. I am in Texas & it does get hot!