My hostas stop growing big after planting a rose bush near them. Did the rose bush do this to the hostas?

Question by Diana J: My hostas stop growing big after planting a rose bush near them. Did the rose bush do this to the hostas?
Do they both compete for water?

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Answer by goofinoff
They do compete for water, but I have no idea why the rose would hurt them. Usually roses like sun and hostas, shade, so I would think one of them would be unhappy. Also, hostas like to sit in one place a long time undisturbed, in order to grow big; if digging too near disturbed them, that is possibly your answer.

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One Response to “My hostas stop growing big after planting a rose bush near them. Did the rose bush do this to the hostas?”

  1. Joe Giavanni says:

    More likely they are competing for water and for nutrients. Hostas are generally pretty easy to grow.

    Note that rose needs lots of sun, hostas prefer shade, though can tolerate sun, but will need much more water.

    Add some fertilizer and see what happens.

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