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Old 10-10-2018, 04:15 PM
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In Provincetown on Cape Cod, I grew numerous hosta varieties. Can you successfully grow it here? If so, please share a few varieties and sources.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:48 PM
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We tried hosta several years ago with no luck. Perhaps in the right location they might do ok?
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:52 PM
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:58 PM
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Check this out.. https://www.hunker.com/13427845/host...ies-in-florida
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In Provincetown on Cape Cod, I grew numerous hosta varieties. Can you successfully grow it here? If so, please share a few varieties and sources.
I think even in the shade it would be too hot here, they need to dormant in the winter and regenerate in the spring. plus I worry about snakes taking a nap in the leaves
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:36 PM
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Hi Henryk,

I missed hostas, too, but did not even try in TV.

My rule of thumb for hostas back back home has always been — the deeper the color, the deeper the shade needed. (I do not know if that is an official rule but that is how it worked for me.)

In TV, even if you could find the shade, I think the heat would do them in pretty fast.

In Ohio, I had good success with the Patriot hosta — on the east side of the house with very little shade. As you probably know that is a pretty tough one, pure green with white edges — a knockout, especially when planted near something pink. It also stays a rather polite size. Watering from the bottom helped Patriot to look good through the summer, but by late August, we would lose interest in each other and decide to face reality, give up, and meet same time next year for our glorious showing off season.

(I guess I am not helping by regaling you with tales of Midwest hostas, but you are in my wheelhouse now, and I am not sleepy tonight.)

Anyway, I understand how you feel about hostas and I hope you hear from somebody who has been successful with them in TV, but I would not put any money on that possibility.

There is a plant you might try for its beautiful foliage — Stromanthe sanguinea, aka, Tricolor. I tried this one in TV, but it did not work for me. Not only was my shade marginal, at best, but I planted Tricolor in a year when we touched on freezing. Tricolor is actually a tropical plant so it did not like that cold winter.

Tricolor will not give you back your hosta happiness because nothing beats hostas for variety and ease of growing, but Tricolor does have beautiful foliage.

Maybe try one and see what you think. I had no luck but maybe you will. The winter that did them in for me was really cold so I never tried again. (And — I should have known that Queen palms would not provide enough shade, even though those things can give a surprising amount from way up high. Besides, I eventually evicted those Queen palms — not worth the aggravation.)

Anyway, if you got through this ode to hostas, thanks for reading — but don’t even think about getting me started on hydrangeas — I love them, too.

PS: I posted and then saw kenswing’s link above about hostas in Florida. Maybe there is hope.

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Old 10-11-2018, 06:47 AM
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I have had hostas in a pot in the shade here, but they did not do well. I have seen beautiful hostas here in Florida in parks, but I don't know if they had to replant every year.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:59 AM
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If you have a hosta-type site, you might consider peacock gingers. The University of Florida says "This Florida-Friendly groundcover is perfect for shady spots or for any northern gardeners who miss growing hostas." Here's an image search:

peacock ginger varieties florida - Google Search
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:23 AM
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I haven’t had any luck with my hostas. They come up every year, get to be about four inches high and then stop and die back again!
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If you have a hosta-type site, you might consider peacock gingers. The University of Florida says "This Florida-Friendly groundcover is perfect for shady spots or for any northern gardeners who miss growing hostas." Here's an image search:

peacock ginger varieties florida - Google Search
The rabbits find peacock ginger quite tasty.
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