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hostas help

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ccas, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    So... Im new at this. I have a fairly long driveway.(75 feet) I want to plant some hostas along the edge. I know I can divide the ones I have, but I'm wondering if I can just buy the bulbs without buying the whole plant.
  2. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    I found a web site that sells hosta roots for $10 each called (bloomin on the east end)That's kind of expensive you might save money dividing the rhizomes from your existing bunches,each root should in time grow another plant;but the best time is springtime.I love hostas for their low maintenance,I've dug up bunches from people that wanted them gone,just stuck them in the ground no water or any care and they are thriving.
  3. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 366

    Remember Hosta's like shade. They will grow great in the sun just look like crap. We love Hosta's here because our yard is mainly shade. Check out local plant sales if you are looking for the "plain everyday ones". We have so many potted up from our yard we sell on the weekends, a very hardy plant.
  4. beegreenlandcare

    beegreenlandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    i don't have any idear why u would want bulbs. I'm not sure what your pricing is in your area but, I can buy potted Hostas that are about 12" tall for $11 ea. So, for a $1 more it'd be alot better buy.
    Have you tried your local nursery. I think you be surprised to see what kind of pricing you get when buying a dozen or more at a time.:rolleyes:
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    What species of Hosta and do you have partial sun along this 75 foot driveway?
    The hosta will grow in sun but will scorch severely if you plant them this way.
    How about the dormant season............the bare ground during the fall and winter months.
  6. ccas

    ccas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I just figured if I could get the bulbs and plant them it would save a lot of time and money. Bulbs seem like they should be easier to plant
  7. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    Time yes money no.It's always cheaper to grow your own.I wanted to buy cannas bulbs,they want $3-$7 each for them,so every year after the frost kills the top,I dig them up(you have to anyway,they won't survive the winter)Come springtime I separate the bulbs and replant,every year I double the number of plants.BTW hostas grow from a rhizome,not the same thing as a bulb;more like a thick root.
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,633

    I think you want to check into "bare-root" plants. You should be able to get little bare root hostas for under $2. I'd plan on one plant per foot, but it depends on the size of the variety you choose.

    Check out: www.classic-groundcovers.com/
  9. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,743

    This website sells all sorts of host a plugs, most are around $7. The mature hostas are pretty cheap too.

  10. JeffNY

    JeffNY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    re: classic groundcovers
    I just signed up with that place, just for kicks to see the prices. wow. They're pretty expensive, and I didnt even factor in the shipping.

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