How to get hostas to grow in clay soil

Shelley Stark
by Shelley Stark
Soil is very shady and slimy when wet

  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 20, 2018

    grow them in containers with drainage holes

  • Gk Gk on Jun 20, 2018

    I added a layer of black dirt I got from my local garden nursery over my clay soil before I planted my hostas. What is nice about the clay is that it stays moist and I think it helps my hostas look as beautiful as they are. I also have added pea rock in some areas and mulch. I don't have to water my hostas much because of the soil.

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 20, 2018

    Put them in large plastic pots with premium potting soil and bury them in the soil. The put down river rock around them. Trying to amend the soil is a lot of work. Good luck.

  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jun 20, 2018

    Hosta is a great plant once established. if these are new, you have to give them a chance to get there. suggest mixing a bag of sand and 2 bags of top soil. dig the holes really large in that clay and maybe line the bottom with peat moss, we do. this way you have a good growing medium to start off their life well.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 20, 2018

    Mine grow without any special additives in clay soil. If you know someone with hostas who lives in your area, ask if they can propagate some for you.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 16, 2023

    I added coffee grounds (thanks to Starbucks) to the soil, worked it in. They give the used grounds away for the asking, bring a tub or container that does not leak to haul them away.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    Hostas can grow well in moderate clay soils if the planting area is amended with organic matter to a depth of 12 inches.