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Old 05-29-2013, 12:22 PM
Amazing Earth Landscapes Amazing Earth Landscapes is offline
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Installing hostas

I have to cover a 14x50 area with hostas. What is the best way to figure out how many plants to purchase?
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:37 PM
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What spacing do you want? What size hosta? Does the customer want full coverage now, or are they willing to wait for the hostas to get bigger? How does the customer want the spacing in a couple years from now? I have hostas in the shady portions of my personal yard and in 3 years, they've almost tripled in size. They will get divided next spring for sure. I divided a few of them in half this year and gave them away to neighbors. We had them at the house I grew up in (many of mine came from the same place) and some were 4 ft in diameter in the soil that had a lot of moisture even after being divided every spring.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:40 PM
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The client wants something that is going to be a solid cover on a hill side, and they don't mind waiting for them to grow. That is not an issue.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:41 PM
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What kind of hostas do you have in your yard?
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:51 PM
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Mine are the variegated variety green with white/cream around the edges. I couldn't tell you the actual name of them. I got about half of them from my grandfathers house (split from plants that have been there a loooong time). The other half came from my ex g/f's parent's house. I have about 40+ total in my yard on the sides of the house where it's very shady.

Here's a pic. The bed down the side of the house is about 2.5' wide. The hostas in the front island were divided in half this spring and given away to a neighbor.

The hosta down the side (not in front) were planted 3-4 years ago with their size about the equivalent of a 1 gallon plant you'd buy at a nursery.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:55 PM
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What would you say is necessary to plant in a 14X50 area? Do you lay alot of mulch?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:05 PM
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I would estimate Maybe 50-60 alternating in a polka dot pattern would give you the most coverage within 2-3 years when they mature. That area down the side of my house is about 50' x 2.5' and there's 11 plants so 5 rows of 10-12 plants should give you coverage with some spacing.

I mulch the hosta beds in the fall/winter when the hosta go dormant. When they start dying back, I usually run them over with the push mower and bag the debris then mulch over top of them. They'll poke back through the mulch in the spring when they come out of dormancy.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:07 PM
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Great thanks alot for the advice. They should do ok being installed this time of year? Just in general do you lay bagged mulch?
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:19 PM
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Depends on the size of what I'm mulching. For smaller stuff I use bagged. Big stuff, I used bulk.

Might be a little late, just water them a lot. Really late march-april is when they should be planted.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:41 PM
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What do you charge on bagged mulch? Double? What other ground covers do you suggest that I could install this time of year?
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