Hosta Golden Meadows is a bright and original plant used by gardeners for decorative purposes. This representative of the Asparagus is very popular due to its attractive and unusual appearance, it has very beautiful leaves. Looks very good in composition. In addition, the host can grow on the site for more than 25 years, which is also an indisputable advantage.
If we talk about the description of this species, the first thing to note is the appearance of the leaves. They are quite dense and large, as if terry, of a bluish-green hue, with a contrasting center and wavy edges. It must be said that the color of the core changes depending on the season: if it is golden in spring, then by July it becomes creamy, and later it turns green a little . This feature is very much appreciated by gardeners.
Over time, the host grows. Its height can even reach 60 centimeters.
It is best to plant this variety in partial shade. The fact is that direct sunlight can lead to burnout of the core.
If you do not provide the necessary lighting, this will cause a complete greening of the foliage. As for natural conditions, the plant can be found on mountain slopes, forest edges, near water bodies . It can winter without shelter.
How to plant?
Before landing, you must prepare the site. He digs to a depth of about 30 centimeters. In the process, it is recommended to add organic fertilizers.
Depth is very important when landing. In the region of the root neck, this indicator should be about 4-5 centimeters. Failure to comply with this condition will lead to the fact that the roots will rot in one part and expel from the soil in the other.
As for the composition of the soil, there are no special requirements. The host in this respect is quite unpretentious - almost any soil is suitable for it. The exception is sandy and loamy - they still need to be improved. It is recommended to monitor acidity, best if it is neutral. If it is a heavy clay soil, it can be mixed with sand and compost. In dry and loose, you should add humus from leaves and peat.
Organics have a positive effect on plant growth and development. This means that the introduction of organic fertilizers during planting will be an indisputable plus. Moreover, regular mulching will also be useful. For the procedure, it is recommended to use compost.
The host can be planted both in spring and autumn, but for this species the first option is more preferable. In this case, the landing hole must be prepared in the fall. Seedlings are planted when the gardener is firmly convinced of the absence of frost.
However, if there is no other way, the host can be planted in the fall. The most suitable for this is the end of August and the beginning of September.
How to care?
The host of Golden meadows is a fairly large plant. Accordingly, a significant amount of moisture evaporates from the surface of the leaves .
For a host to be lush and vibrant, it needs to be regularly moistened. This is especially true for young plants.
Strong soil compaction is undesirable. Therefore, the water pressure during irrigation should not be too strong. It is necessary to saturate the soil by 10-15 centimeters. The procedure is carried out in the evening and morning hours. If the soil is sandy, watering is carried out daily. The plant itself can signal a lack of moisture. It manifests itself in darkening at the tips of the leaves.
Transplantation deserves special attention.
Experts say that a plant that is 10 years old or more should not be moved to a new place. This may affect him badly.
In exceptional cases, the procedure should be carried out in late summer or early fall.
The seedling is watered half an hour before it is placed in the planting hole. The distance between them should be approximately 30-40 centimeters. The first 2 weeks after planting, daily watering is recommended.
Feeding should also not be ignored. Hosta Golden Meadows loves organic fertilizers. Compost and humus are great. When planting in a hole, it is recommended to add mineral complexes. Gardeners most often use in equal proportions potassium and nitrogen, equal to the same amount of phosphorus.
Fertilizers are introduced in early April, when greens begin to form actively, in late May, and also in mid-summer.
If the soil is acidic, it should be normalized. Ash or dolomite flour is perfect for this. Mulching is best done with mowed grass, humus and fine sawdust. This is especially true in the fall to protect the plant from the onset of cold weather in the absence of snow.
It should be noted that the floral arrows do not look too beautiful. For this reason, they need to be broken off so that the symmetry of the hosts is maintained. It is best to remove the flowers after they have dried.
After the host has faded, shoots with buds are removed. Top dressing is introduced until the end of July, after which the soil is mulched. To prevent the invasion of pests, you should treat the area with fungicides and tobacco dust, and put dry branches on top. Germination of seedlings may be delayed - this is normal, since they expect constant heat.
How to propagate?
There are several ways to propagate the Golden Meadows host. Among them are cuttings, dividing the bush and propagation using seeds . Let's consider each in more detail.
It is most difficult to propagate the plant by the latter method. Gardeners use this method less often. Decorative function will be achieved only at the age of 4 years.
Reproduction by dividing the bush is carried out more quickly. It is recommended to carry out the procedure in the spring or at the very beginning of autumn, but this is not a prerequisite. To reduce evaporation, part of the leaves should be removed. Part of the bush is separated, planted separately and watered. Soon young leaflets should appear.
Division of the bush leads to the formation of stem cuttings. A small part of the root system (with the obligatory presence of a kidney) should be placed in the greenhouse. In such conditions, the cuttings grow pretty quickly.
Diseases and Pests
This plant is extremely resistant to diseases and pests. This variety is not afraid of slugs, as the leaves are too hard. Very rarely, a black weevil strikes him.
Among the diseases can be noted rotting of the root neck and rust. Correct agricultural technology will help get rid of trouble.
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