too late to plant a hosta garden?

mary93(7)July 25, 2014

I'm interested in planting a hosta garden in nj . Should I wait until next Spring or could I still begin now? Wondering if the hostas would have enough time to root before first frost? Thanks for any advice!

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What's your expected frost date? I'm in Dallas, TX and my expected frost date is November 15 or so.

You want them well settled by the frost date. You need to determine your frost date.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 10:03PM
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Thanks for responding ! I looked up the first frost date for Zone 7 and it said Oct. 28 so I guess I would have time if I get started soon.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 10:16PM
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zkathy z7a NC(7a NC)

Start digging. I planted 48 hostas between August 1 and Nov 8 last year. Got the last two in the ground 2 days before the nighttime temperature went down to 28 degrees F. They all look great this year. Where in zone 7 are you?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:07PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Not too late. As long as the ground isn't frozen, they will be fine. If they get frost heaved over winter, put some mulch around them. They like to be frozen during winter. This is the time they are growing roots for next year's growth. Do it!


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:48AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b


Fall is a perfect time to plant a Hosta garden. You can get great prices on plants from on line sources. Use August to do the soil prep and then plant at the beginning of September. That should give them plenty of time to put down roots before frost in NJ. The one thing I would avoid is very small plants. Those will have a tendency to heave during the freeze and thaw of the winter. However, you can mitigate that with some winter mulch.

Make sure you're having fun.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 6:48AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if she meant from seed ... it might be too late ...

otherwise ... what they said ...


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:50AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

I am in zone 7 (Northern Virginia) and plant hosta in the fall every year. No worries other than that I may run out of space in a few years. :)


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:05AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the other issue... the colder zone you get... is that small plants .. can heave right out of the ground ... in late winter.. and you dont find them for a month or two ... by which time they are freeze dried ...

most likely.. not an issue in OPs zone.. or with larger plants ...


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:27AM
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I am in IL, zone 5a with long and hard winter. Fall (mid sept to earlt Oct) is the perfect time for me to plant/divide/move hostas, and most of the perennials (except a few with shallow roots). They do better to get settled during the winter and come back strong next spring. Also save you a lot time as you don't need to water that much in the fall.
Enjoy your new project.....

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:30AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

I'm in zone 6,and I plant,or move plants all year long. No problems,but I don't get the deep down freeze like they get way up north,so I say go for it! Phil

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 7:13PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

I've planted hostas so late in the season, they've already gone dormant. They did fine. Go for it.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 12:43PM
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I've left hosta clumps unplanted, above the ground all winter here in michigan and they leafed out in spring just as if they were in the ground. They're nearly indestructible! Unless of course it's your newest treasure that you just paid a hundred bucks will be the first one to perish :) Seriously though, as a landscape contractor I plant hundreds of hosta's every fall and it's a great time to plant. Good luck with your new garden. Now the hard part.....choosing what hosta's to plant.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:03PM
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I am in Nova Scotia and I moved Hosta to my new yard in Nov 2013, some actually spent the winter in a fish box (large tote pan) with not much soil on them. Just planted them a couple of weeks ago. They went through a very hard cold winter and a rainy spring, and are doing just great. Liberty was one I moved and planted right away and it is growing like crazy.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:25PM
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