Hostas around a large tree?

Dani0025(4)July 28, 2013

I am hoping for some advice.
In the spring I moved all of my hostas around, some into full sun which they are NOT enjoying. I cant seem to kill these things though so im sure they will be fine. My question is can I plant these around a large tree in my yard, or will the roots from the tree be to much for them to compete with? I should mention it is a large evergreen. Not sure of the type but it gets these little blue.....balls (for lack of a better word) on it during the winter that fall off all summer long. I cant get grass to grow there but I figure the hostas are so tough they might be ok there.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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idiothe(4 MN)

Ah, yes... the famous blue-balled evergreen...

The ground under evergreens is, in general, among the worst growing conditions in nature. It combines deep shade with extreme dryness and soil that has been heavily fed upon by the tree as it grew.

Hostas can handle it - if you water regularly. Water is the key. Secondarily, they will also grow much better if you give them some fertilizer once in a while...

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 3:37PM
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I grow a lot of hosta under several pine trees, and the results have been positive. Like idiothe wrote, though, I water regularly and generously.

Best Of Luck,
Don B.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 3:44PM
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Thats good to hear =)
I plan on moving them a little later in late august. Its been fairly hot here latley so I dont want to move them in the scorching heat.
thanks for the advice!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 6:28PM
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roxanna(z5b MA)

your tree is likely a juniper: the blue balls are actually modified cones and are used to make gin, i believe....

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 7:07PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Where you are would determine the likelihood of which juniper it is. Juniperus virginiana is most commonly planted. A side note, Juniperus communis is the gin juniper. (hic)


    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 6:07AM
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Im upstate Ny. In the adirondacks =)
This is compleatly irrelivent to hostas but Ive included a picture of the tree. You've sparked my curiosity! If anyone knows that would be awesome

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 11:51AM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

So, a juniper is conifer?


    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 3:30PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

It looks like the conifer Juniperus virginiana to me. AKA Eastern Redcedar or Pencil Cedar even though it really isn't a cedar but the wood smells like cedar when cut. Eastern White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis (or Arborvitae), shares a similar misnaming because it too smells like cedar when cut.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 1:13AM
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