The most popular garden plants include the host. A beautiful perennial with dense rhizome, large foliage will decorate any site or adjoining territory. The Blue Ivory variety is gaining more and more love from private sector owners. The plant, which has an amazing bluish-blue hue, is unpretentious and highly frost-resistant.
The hybrid host Blue Ivory comes from the Haltsion variety. She took from her "parent" the best properties: rich color, dense foliage and unpretentiousness.
The distinguishing features of Blue Ivory include the following characteristics:
- compact rhizome;
- large leaves of various shapes and colors from dark green to light blue;
- funnel-shaped or bell-shaped inflorescences of delicate lavender color.
In addition, this variety is a "chameleon". In hot summer, the foliage is painted in a blue tone, and with the onset of autumn, it becomes green. Hostas belong to this middle group of shrubs, since the height of the plant does not exceed one and a half meters. An amazing perennial blooms from July to October. In late autumn, dry peduncles must be removed.
The main feature of Blue Ivory is its “craving” for dark places. However, absolutely depriving the young shrub of sunlight is still not worth it.
For this variety, a darkened area from a dangerous midday sun is suitable.
How to plant and care?
Landing of blue hosts is carried out in the spring. The ideal soil for this variety is wet or slightly acidic. Do not forget about the drainage layer, which is laid out at the bottom of the landing pit. Note that the blue host reacts negatively to drafts, so the place should be protected from gusty winds.
When planting, the root system of the plant is evenly distributed and covered with soil. The soil surface is mulched with dry foliage or peat, then the plant is watered abundantly.
Blue Ivory is used in collective landings. The distance between seedlings should not be less than 1 meter. Water the hedge very carefully, otherwise it is likely to spoil the leaves.
Fertilizers begin to be applied one year after planting. They feed the blue host until July. And also do not forget about regular watering and weed control. Moisturize the soil in the early morning by lifting foliage. Then the soil must be mulched, which will allow the soil to retain the necessary moisture.
The Blue Ivory variety is pruned. With the onset of cold weather (end of October), the leaves are removed so that new ones appear in the spring.
After a couple of years, the perennial will acquire a presentable appearance: the curved foliage will turn into a bluish-blue color with a snow-white border.
How to propagate?
Growing an original plant on your own is a simple matter. Propagate the blue host with seeds, cuttings or dividing the bush.
As for the first method, in this case, careful preparation is necessary. Blue hosta seeds do not differ in intensive germination, therefore, before sowing they are treated with a weak solution of potassium permanganate. The soil is also disinfected. Seeds are sown superficially, slightly dusting with a substrate. Next, the boxes are covered with a special film and placed in a dark, dry room, away from direct sunlight. The first shoots should appear after 12-14 days. Experts say that using this method of reproduction, the gardener risks losing the varietal qualities of the plant.
In this case, the cuttings are more suitable for him. This method is relevant in the summer. In the "role" of cuttings shoots act.
The foliage is shortened to reduce moisture evaporation from the soil surface. Cuttings are hidden from the sun's rays, and abundantly moisten the soil.
Another method for propagating a hybrid host involves dividing a bush. This procedure is carried out with a 5-year-old plant. Suitable periods are April or September. They dig up a perennial, cut the rhizome. Places of separation are sprinkled with crushed coal. Dry roots are removed, then plants are planted in a permanent place. Rooting usually occurs after 3 weeks. This procedure must be carried out before the first frost.
The Blue Ivory variety is widely used in landscape design. The original perennial goes well with various garden flowers. Particular charm gives the host a neighborhood with conifers. In addition, an amazing plant is planted next to fountains, decorative waterfalls or artificial ponds. And also the blue hosta is grown in tubs. With proper care, the plant is able to live in one place for more than 20 years.
About the features of the Blue Ivory hosts, see the next video.