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How to Plant Hostas in Pots

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you have an area in your landscape that receives only limited sunlight, it’s hard to imagine a plant that will be more perfect than the hosta. Hostas, which are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors ranging from white to light green to dark green, never fail to add interest to a garden. They may look lush and exotic, but hostas are actually surprisingly easy to grow, and can thrive in containers.

Choose containers for your hosta carefully. Hostas need to be planted in a container with good drainage because waterlogging the soil can kill hostas. Put the hosta in a small container during the first year, then move it into a larger container where it can remain. Keep the weight and size of the container in mind. A large container is fine if you plan to leave the hosta in one place, but if you want to move it, you may want to put the pot on a wheeled platform.

Fill the container with good-quality commercial potting soil. Remove the hosta from its nursery container and loosen the roots slightly if they appear to be packed. Plant the hosta in the potting soil and water it well.

Add a layer of mulch or compost to the soil once the plant has had time to establish and has begun to grow. Water the hosta as needed, particularly during the hot days of summer.

Put the hosta in a place where it will receive limited sunlight. Morning sunlight is best, because strong afternoon sunlight can cause the leaves to turn brown.

Move the hosta into a garage or sheltered patio if you live in a cold climate, and water it occasionally so the soil doesn’t dry out completely. Hostas can withstand cold weather but they should be protected from hard freezes.


Things You Will Need

  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Hosta
  • Manure or compost

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.