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Hosta pot display


Hostas reign supreme when it comes to striking foliage. All hostas look great in containers, but for something a little more unusual, try Hosta nigrescens. Its upright habit makes an eye-catching patio feature.
Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Hosta container display - putting crocks in the base of a container

1 Choose a container that suits the shape of your plant and put crocks in the base for drainage.

Hosta container display - adding layer of pebbles

2 Add a layer of pebbles or gravel to improve drainage and add weight in order to stabilise the pot.

Hosta container display - adding compost

3 Pour in a layer of loam-based compost. This will provide nutrition for long periods and add weight to the pot.

Hosta container display - placing hosta plant in the pot

4 Water the plant well, remove it from its pot and pop it into its new container. The rootball should sit just below the rim.

Hosta container display - filling the pot with compost around the hosta plant

5 Fill around the rootball with compost, pushing it down firmly until it is level with the top of the rootball. Water regularly, adding a liquid feed every week from late spring through to late summer.

Hosta container display - adding a layer of pebbles

6 Cover the compost and any gaps between the leaves with pebbles or ornamental mulch, then water thoroughly.

Our tip

Choose a large, heavy terracotta or ceramic pot for greater stability.
Plant a single hosta in a pot. A single plant will produce a more pleasing shape than a group of small ones.

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chezkaty 24/11/2011 at 15:27

how tolerant is a hosta to very cold winters ie -15 degrees c