Hosta – Shadowland® ‘Hudson Bay’

Garden Height
20 - 24
Spacing
20 - 24
Spread
20 - 24
Habit
Mounded
Container Role
Filler
Flower Size
Medium
Flower Colors
Purple
Light Code
PP
Light Level
Part Shade to Shade
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Features:

This showy hosta forms a large mound of attractive tricolor leaves of heavy substance. The wide, bright blue margin, apple green jetting, and creamy white center will set this variety apart all season long.

An improvement over its parent, 'Eskimo Pie', this new sport is a much showier, larger specimen and a stronger grower overall. The wider, brighter blue margin and apple green jetting contrast nicely with the creamy white center all season long. The leaves are of heavy substance, exhibiting good slug resistance in the landscape. This plant forms a large mound of attractive foliage topped with near-white flowers on white scapes in early summer.

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Maintenance Notes:

Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, organically enriched soil and full to part shade. Clean away the dead foliage after frost to prevent insect problems.

Uses Notes:

Use in the landscape.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Early Summer

Hardiness Zones: 9b

Flower Form: Landscape

Soil Fertility: Average Soil

Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil

pH: C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 0.6

Fertilization: 50 - 100

Light Requirements: Low

Water Requirements: Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature: 60 - 65° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 55 - 60° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 40 - 50° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Late Spring through Fall Finish. 1 ppp for all pot sizes. Plant either in spring or early to mid summer. Late summer and fall planting often does not allow for sufficient root establishment.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

4-5" and Quart Pot: 6-8
6" and Gallon Pot: 8-10
7-9" Pot: 8-10
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 20-52

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

No pinching or growth regulators needed.

Pest and Disease Management:

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Slugs can be problematic during the growing season. Mice and voles can be an issue during winter months in over-wintering structures. Under normal conditions with good cultural practices Hosta is a trouble free crop.

Grower Tips:

-The top of the liner should be planted 1/4 of an inch below the soil level. The liner must be covered by soil or water management becomes problematic.

-Larger than one gallon container sizes will generally require bulking one year and sales the next year.

-Hostas vary greatly in size and vigor and you should be sure to choose appropriately for your target finish market and container size. If you are targeting 2 gallon or larger size, Empress Wu, Hudson Bay and Seducer will be the best choices. Most Hostas will work with 1 gallon or smaller containers.

-A minimum of 30% shade should be provided in the late spring and throughout summer.

-Vernalization requirements vary somewhat for each variety, however, in general 40 to 45 degrees or less ADT for 8 to 12 weeks is sufficient.

-True leaf characteristics are expressed only with vernalization.

-Hostas being grown and/or bulked up when the days are naturally short (prior to April 15 or after August 15) should be grown under long days using photoperiodic lighting to keep them actively growing. Night interruption lighting will work.

-Hostas are chosen for foliage characteristics rather than flowering so flowers aren't necessary for sales.

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