How to Plant Hostas in a Pot


With potted hostas, it is easy to dress up a patio, fill in bare, shady spots in the landscape or even help brighten indoor spaces. Hostas are a member of the lily family and come in a variety of shapes and shades. The decorative foliage of a hostas may be variegated, one-colored, smooth or textured, enhancing its appeal as a container plant. Add immediate impact to your landscape or indoor space with potted hostas.

Step 1

Choose the right container. Purchase a small container for small hostas and a large container for large hostas. Know that eventually a smaller plant will need to be repotted. Purchase a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Prepare the container for planting. Place pieces of broken pots or stones in the bottom to prevent the drainage holes from becoming blocked. Use gravel or packing peanuts as an alternative to achieve the same goal.

Step 3

Add the soil. Use a well-drained soil that is made of organic materials or one that is a combination of peat moss and vermiculate---a soilless mixture. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the soil. Mix with a hand shovel or your bare hands. Place the soil into the container within a few inches of the top. Tap down the soil.

Step 4

Add the plants. Place the hostas in the center of the pot. Press down gently. Shift soil from the side to cover the plant. Add fertilizer to the plant. Water the hostas well.

Step 5

Place the hostas in a location where it will receive filtered light or that is relatively shady. Provide it with about 1 inch of water each week.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting container
  • Broken pots
  • Stones
  • Gravel
  • Soil
  • Hand shovel
  • Fertilizer


  • Growing Hostas in Containers
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Stephanie D. Green is a freelance writer with over 10 years of experience. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and enjoys writing parenting, gardening and human interest articles. Her work has been published in lifestyle and trade publications including Draft Magazine and Savannah Magazine.