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are there any hostas that like alkaline soil?

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  • Posted: Sun. 17th March 2013 18:55

Re: Hostas

Reply from Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery

Hostas require a ph of 6.5 to 7.5 ideally from neutral to slight alkaline. The soil we grow our National Hosta collection in is ph 7 on the allkaline side. To lower Alkaline add more organic matter plenty of leaf mould, peat or well rotted manure. When using manure make sure to use only calf manure feed on hay. Cow manure feed on silage can be toxic to the soil and will burn the roots of any plant.
There is no set variety that like the extremes of too high an alkaline soil.
Hope this helps.
Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery

  • Posted: Mon. 18th March 2013 13:09

Re: Re: Hostas

Reply from Ishbel

Very helpful thank you Bali-Hai - I have a lot of manure from my horses fed on haylage would that work?
Ishbel

  • Posted: Mon. 18th March 2013 17:55

Re: Hostas

Reply from Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery

Yes Horse Manure is ideal as it is low in nitrogen if the horses are bedded on sawdust this will lock up more of the nitrogen so add some wood ashes and if you have any coffee grounds or tea leaves mix it in with the manure. If well rotted ie no smell and black you can mulch the top of the bed without digging it into the soil.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th March 2013 20:50