Frequently asked questions about hostas

The most frequently asked questions about hostas are:

1. How do I grow hostas?

Hostas are generally easy to grow and trouble-free. See our guide to growing them successfully

2. How do I stop slugs and snails from ruining my hostas?

Slug and snail damage can be reduced or even eradicated. See our recommendations 

3. Can I grow hostas in containers?

Hostas can be grown very succesfully in containers. See our guide to container growing
Hosta 'Dinner Jacket'©  Ian Scroggy
 
Hosta 'Neat Splash' ©Tim Saville
 
Hosta 'Allegan Fog' ©Tim Saville
 
Hosta 'Ron Damant' ©Richard Ford

Growing hostas in containers

Hostas are undoubtedly one of the most attractive foliage plants for growing in containers, whether in a shaded courtyard, on a paved terrace or placed on a flight of steps. Pots and containers come in many different shapes and sizes but all have one thing in common: they provide happy habitats for slugs and snails.

The best way to prevent this is to place wire mesh at the bottom of the empty pot before adding the necessary crocks so that predators cannot access the plant through the drainage hole. A further preventive measure is to raise the pots on feet in a saucer or similar shallow container filled with water because slugs cannot swim! The hosta and its pot should not be in contact with the water.


When dealing with mollusc damage in general, good garden husbandry goes a long way to preventing unwelcome infestation. Slugs and snails tend to lurk in dark corners, under overhanging terrace edges and in dry stone walls or old walls with damaged pointing.