Can hosta be planted underneath pine trees?

Question by Clyde: Can hosta be planted underneath pine trees?

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Answer by missmywhiskey
Absolutely, there are plenty of hosta’s that are for shade. They also require little attention and for me seem to grow in any conditions, they’re very hardy so they should be just fine.

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5 Responses to “Can hosta be planted underneath pine trees?”

  1. Julie says:

    sure.. no trouble.. just keep an eye on soil pH. should be 5.5 to 6.5 for best results.

  2. mommyof2beautyqueens says:

    Yes, hostas thrive in the shade.

  3. jerry g says:

    Aside from the lack of information regarding the type of Pine, all the three answers are absurd! While a Hosta will endure shade it is not a Shade Planting. To place such a plant under a pine tree compounds it’s growth potential.
    If you wish to highlight a Pine tree find a more appropriate planting. Underneath is neither healthy for the plant you may consider nor the tree. Nutrients and water are absorbed from the drip-line and underneath the tree. Would either plant benefit from a situation where they compete for air, water, and nutritents? Do you think that Pine needle fallings as a mulch around Pine treess in the woods are not for a reason?
    Your tree is a growing thing. It needs your attention to water and nutrients. It does not and can not supply the same to another planting. Stand back and take into mind the spread you Pine Tree will have in five years time. The spread can be found by going to the local library or bookstore and finding Wyman’s Garden. Ency. A truly full source of info.
    Highlight your Pine with plants of a different culture and interest. Plant them at least at the anticipated dripline of the Pine five year from now! You can use shubs that are low growing or upright in growth. Some may be of seasonal interest or evergreen in themselves.
    Frankly I design for homebuilders. I place before them the option of placing a Pine/Fir in a central location. I also insist that they run an elect. line undergrnd to the tree for decoration.
    I make a natural berm around the tree for year long use.. At the base I put Heather Plantings in alternative colors. It will flower in winter and be an evergreen. I highlight the berm with annuals. The berm is only 2-3 foot in height but makes both the plantings and tree stand out.
    Whatever you do, do not plant any plant under a pine! Good Luck

  4. gardengallivant says:

    Hostas do like morning sun with afternoon shade but they do not like to dry out. They like a rich loam soil so they may want to be watered more than the pine trees.
    Some pines are allopathic to competition. They make the soil unfriendly to plants not used to the acidity. The ideal pH range for hostas is 6.5–7.5, which is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. Pines vary widely depending on their origins as to ideal pH.

    To establish the plants you may need to heavily amend their area with compost and leaf mould to ensure enough organics and neutralize the soil. The organics hold moisture and offer a root free planting site for the hostas to establish in with out the trees hogging all the water. Then more mulch added each year to keep the hosta’s soil sweet. Blue hostas do better in shade than the yellow or white figured ones. The heavy leaved ones are less likely to be chewed by slugs as well as take more sun.

    Azaleas or Rhododendrons are acid lovers and might be easier depending on the pine you have. Many azaleas also have the advantage of being very fragrant.

    Pine trees grow in acidic conditions that are also very good for Lily-of-the-Valley or wintergreen (Gaultheria) for ground covers.

  5. crossstitchkelly says:

    Sure–they love shade, and as long as they have that, I’ve never heard of a place where they won’t grow–they’re very hardy. I have them covering my front yard with them, under every shade tree I could find.

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