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Perfect hostas


by Adam Pasco

It's hard to believe how quickly plants have grown in my garden over the past few weeks. My hostas are doing particularly well.


Hostas in a potIt's hard to believe how quickly plants have grown in my garden over the past few weeks. My hostas are doing particularly well. In April I was considering repotting some of my established and congested pots of newly emerging hostas, but they've now grown 30-40cm tall, and I've missed the boat! Repotting and dividing them now would cause too much damage to the new leaves, so I'll have to do it next winter instead.

Planting hostas in pots is a great way to produce stunning patio features. My Hosta nigrescens, pictured above, looks stately and structural — a simple feature anyone could replicate.

Growing hostas in pots is also great for anyone troubled by slugs and snails — and who isn't? In addition to H. nigrescens, I grow a host of other hostas in pots, including 'Frances Williams', and they're rarely attacked. A band of copper tape can be stuck right round the side of the pot to provide extra protection if you like, as slugs and snails hate passing over the tape and will turn away.

Everything grown in pots needs watering, particularly moisture-loving plants such as hostas. I top them up every time I pass, and fill the birdbath with fresh water at the same time.

My one worry is the weather, as a hail storm can be devastating to hostas. This goes for those growing in the garden just as much as those in pots. I remember looking out in horror at a hail storm at this time a couple of years ago, not knowing whether to grab an umbrella and try to protect my treasured potted hostas from damage ... but it was too late, and only tattered leaves were left. I'm enjoying my hostas now while at their peak of perfection, and keeping my fingers crossed that the hail stays away...



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Gardeners' World Web User 11/05/2009 at 18:19

Am very jealous of your perfect hostas. Is copper tape all it really takes? I may be inspired to try again. Love hostas, just can't bear the holes...

Gardeners' World Web User 11/05/2009 at 20:43

Deep heat? Really! Wow.. might have to try that.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/05/2009 at 06:49

My hostas are in the ground and this year I manage to divide them and they are looking great. I have curled around the base some old bending copper pipe that was being thrown out so I may not have the slug trauma of earlier years.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/05/2009 at 22:12

I managed to split and repot my hostas this year in good time.. and have made a feature of them with some pieces of driftwood in and around the pots....looks great.. I love hostas.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/05/2009 at 22:20

i have found that smearing vaseline around top of pots keeps slugs of my hostas

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