Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gardening Q&A with Chip Tynan; Strategies on a Container Hosta in Soil That's Settled

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gardening Q&A with Chip Tynan; Strategies on a Container Hosta in Soil That's Settled

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Q -I have hostas growing in large containers. The soil has settled in the pots and is about 4 inches from the top of the rim. Should I leave them this way or add soil? If I add soil, should I add a little at a time or all at one time?

As I'm sure you've found, hostas can do great in pots, at least for several years. But I find that after about the third year or so, they'll become quite root bound and ready to be transplanted into a permanent location in the garden. Container soils often settle for several reasons, usually either soil compaction or due to washing out the hole in the bottom of the pot. In either case this will eventually reduce the available root space and may cause a loss of vigor over time.

The distance from the soil surface to the rim of the pot can vary depending on the mature height of the variety being grown, but on average, leave about one to two inches between the rim of the pot and the soil surface to allow space for watering. …

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