Planting hostas in containers is a growing trend. Not only do they grow successfully in containers, they look great as well. Container hostas work great for small urban spaces, around a pool, or on a patio/deck in your backyard.
We have put together a list of 8 steps to having beautiful container hostas.
1. Select a container for your hosta. Hostas do great in several different container shapes, but make sure to keep the mature size of your hosta in mind when selecting a container size.
This will not only save you time and energy replanting down the road, but it will ensure that your hosta has enough room to grow.
2. After you select a container, make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom.
If the container doesn’t come with pre-drilled holes, you can always add them using a power drill. It is recommended to have at least one, but two or three are ideal.
3. Add a layer of rocks at the bottom of the container. This will aid in drainage and prevent soil from falling through the drilled holes.
5. Plant your hosta in the container. Container hostas look great alone or with ivy hanging down the side of the pot. Just make sure that any other plants you add to your hosta container have relatively similar growing conditions.
Hostas prefer to be kept in shade to partial sun, so it wouldn’t be recommended to add a plant that requires full sun.
6. Water your container hosta regularly, especially in times of extreme heat and wind. Hostas like to have moist soil, but they don’t do well with drenched soil (this can cause their roots to rot). Watering once every one or two days should be good.
7. Fertilize regularly since the nutrients in the soil will wash away with watering.
8. Enjoy your beautiful potted hostas for years to come!
*Note: It’s necessary for container hostas to go through a winter dormancy just like those planted in the ground. Don’t leave the containers outside.
Instead, they should be brought into an unheated garage or porch for the winter months. Once the threat of frost is over, your containers can go back outside for the upcoming season.
Comment below with any questions or experience you’ve had growing hostas in containers!