Hostas in Oklahoma

Hello everyone! I'm hoping you guys can help me out. I live in OKC, and I love Hostas so far I have about 5-7 different kinds now. So far I know I have 5 Glass Stained Hosta plants. which I read do okay in the sun. I just want to know pretty much if anyone knows which ones will actually tolerate OKC's heat well? Which do good in the part afternoon sun? Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
sum and substance (blue container) and Blue umbrellas
  23 answers
  • Carmen Daix Carmen Daix on Oct 26, 2015
    I have a lot of hostas they love shade more than sun but mine are in both locations and do well.I'm in Cape Breton and our temp. are nothing like yours so I don,t know how well they would do but they are really hardy and low maintenance. Good Luck!!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 26, 2015
    Since every state has different growing conditions I recommend googling growing guide for hostas in Oklahoma . Unfornately the sites that I found are blocked. There is an interesting article which will help you.
  • Catalina Martinez Catalina Martinez on Oct 26, 2015
    thank you both. i'll keep searching.
  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Oct 26, 2015
    Sun & Substance seems to tolerate Tennessee's sun fairly well. It can get large. Most of my Hosta are on the shady side of the house away from the afternoon sun. It will usually tell you on the plant description how many hours sun a plant will tolerate.I reserve the right to be wrong but I don't know any that tolerate full sun all day. Try some other sun loving perennials (Day Lilies,Iris) or grasses for full sun.
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Oct 26, 2015
    I have always heard that hostas prefer shade. However, just to be sure, google the type of hostas you have. You need to know your growing zone to be sure. This is easily found online. Good luck
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Oct 27, 2015
    your heat can be horrid some years.. My s-i-l is from Yukon Ok.. I'd go for a location that gets am sun, on the N side of the house if possible.. also they are great for around the base of a trees..You may just have to buy 1-2 of the same varieties,and try them.. they are not expensive. after a year or two-- you will know, move the other close to the one that is thriving..BTW, you will need to add lots of good soil and compost to break up the red clay,, they like a rich soil..
  • Kay Kay on Oct 27, 2015
    They really do prefer shade, and a moist soil - although mine do thrive under a tree which sucks a lot of moisture from the soil near. Be prepared to water regularly, I think you would be better with something more suited to your conditions. Sunny and dry, it's so frustrating losing beloved plants.
  • Lin1996497 Lin1996497 on Oct 27, 2015
    Hi I'm linda I live in scotland and we're I live we can get all the seasons in t same day sometimes I have lots of hosts in my garden and I grow them in stone planters that are in the sun but I o also have them in a border in the shade and thay grow very well every year when I lift them I can split them and I get lots of new plants I get that many I give them away in my opinion hostas can grow any were
  • Karen Karen on Oct 27, 2015
    Hi I have a friend in Wichita and she has some of the biggest Hostas I have ever seen. They are in her front flower bed outside and she feeds them banana peels because they love the potassium. They are big and beautiful and they get heat, sun and snow. They keep growing.
  • Connie Connie on Oct 27, 2015
    I have fallen in love with Hostas and after moving to Newberg Oregon looking forward to putting mine which are in pots into the ground this spring. They will love it. Shade and under trees are best here. but have seen them out in the open too. Good luck , Ive never seen them die just keep them watered all summer.
  • Rachel Peel Rachel Peel on Oct 27, 2015
    Check with! They have a great selection and Tony Avent and his crew can answer all your questions. Their catalog is also Amazing!
  • Gloria Doty Gloria Doty on Oct 27, 2015
    Yea, I am trying this method. Thanks
  • R Walter R Walter on Oct 27, 2015
    The hostas I keep on the porch full shade are doing great, the ones in a planter that are getting full sun not so good. I don't think TX sun and heat are good for them.
    • Catalina Martinez Catalina Martinez on Oct 28, 2015
      @R Walter hi ive been to dallas. and oh my its hot there! maybe into full shade yours would be better off.
  • Don Mongeau Don Mongeau on Oct 27, 2015
    We live in Vancouver, Wa.We planted our on the side of our in the shade.They grew like crazy.We did have a problem with Slugs.We put pennies around more Slugs
  • Sue Sue on Oct 27, 2015
    From a former Okie, I don't think the heat is too bad for them as long as they get enough water. What will kill them is the sun. If they have full shade, the will do fine. I filled my flower beds with those that could handle partial sun, but even in the mild sunshine in the Seattle north, they looked bad all summer. Slugs and snails dearly love Hostas. Be sure and treat well for them. They can strip a plant to "bare-bones" in record time so you'll have to wait until next year for leaves to return.
  • Cheryl J. Haire Cheryl J. Haire on Oct 27, 2015
    You can get Hostas that will survive in the sun but you'd have to go on line or to a nursery to find out which ones they are. Hope that helps some because they are beautiful.
  • DC DC on Oct 27, 2015
    Hi, I live in OK, (NE corner) and have Hostas. They are planted on the side of my house where they are in the shade for most of the day......and they do great. Like someone else said, the heat doesn't really hurt them; but they do like their shade! I have had mine a few years and they are starting to multiply ..... Baby Hostas :)
  • Jean Jean on Oct 28, 2015
    I'm in OKC, have HUGE Hostas that I have planted on the North side of my house every yr I've had them (a couple I've had close to 30 yrs!) For the last 2 yrs I've re-potted them into big, low, round pots and they have grown very well. I keep them under a big shade tree, they may get just a touch of sun very late in eveningl I've separated them several times too. Being too dry will hurt them too, so watch them. They are my babies, love them..
    • Catalina Martinez Catalina Martinez on Oct 28, 2015
      @Jean thanks! are they in the regular soil? i planted some in the regular soil and they just wouldnt grow much. i moved some into my flower bed 2 weeks ago and they're loving it. no joke they're sprouting pretty fast.
  • Catalina Martinez Catalina Martinez on Oct 28, 2015
    Thank you everyone! i moved them all to my flower bed where there's no clay soil. so far they're loving it. I'll have to wait and see next spring summer how they'll do.
  • Jean Jean on Oct 28, 2015
    Catalina I kinda mix Miracle Grow potting soil in w/just plain ol' It's getting to the time of year where they will start to go into hibernation. I always put mine on my porch back away from the bitter weather and mulch them..I usually let them die back to where the leaves are all yellowy. If you leave them out all winter, be sure to mulch them good. I like Cypress mulch - I just cover the whole plant...Around March (if we've had some nice days), peek thru the mulch, you should start seeing new growth coming thru...Leave them covered until they start coming thru the mulch, then you can just kinda move the mulch to the side around them. Hope you have good luck with them, they're my favorite plant. OH, I water them maybe once or twice a month too, just a good drink. Now if they're where they'll get lots of moisture then you don't have to water.
  • Brenda Dasti Brenda Dasti on Oct 29, 2015
    I live in Northern Ontario Canada (Sudbury). I have about 6 different kinds of hostas . I don't even mulch them , the leaves wither after a heavy frost and they go dormant until spring. They come back well each year. They do seem to like the shade though I have one tall one lime green that gets a lot of sun and it does well too.
  • Ms.saltlife Ms.saltlife on Nov 02, 2015
    if you do, put it where it only gets the morning sun not the afternoon sun
  • Karen Karen on Nov 03, 2015
    My friend said hers does not get a lot of sun. She has some in the back of her house too and she said it gets sun and she does not give it the bananas, and they are little. I am at her house now and they are big but going dormant