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Hosta Blue Mouse Ears: characteristics, attributes, growing and planting conditions and maintenance.




Hosta Blue Mouse Ears is a beautiful perennial with a very tight mini-mound of dense heart shaped, mouse-like blue-green leaves, bearing lavendar flowers on very short stems in Summer. Hostas are a gardener’s favorite perennial, their clean lines, sumptuous leaves and elegant flowers make striking specimen plantings. Members of the lily family, they are hardy, easy to grow and easy to care for. ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is a shade loving Hosta, bearing 1.5 inch long, pale lavendar, striped, bell-shaped flowers and will thrive in shadier parts of the garden where less light and cooler temperatures will keep the leaves at their bluest, preferably with filtered morning sunlight.
‘Blue Mouse Ears’ also makes a great container plant, suited to both plastic or earthenware pots of any description, and are suited to any shaded position with good filtered light.

ATTRIBUTES

– Adorable miniature hosta.
– Thick (almost rubbery), round, blue-green to grey-green leaves.
– Forms a perfectly symmetrical mound; moderate growth rate.
– Flower buds are held horizontally and swell like balloons before opening.
– Clusters of lavender, bell-shaped flowers are produced on proportionally short 12″ scapes in midsummer.
– Perfect for the collector, rock gardens, and containers.
– Prefers light to full shade.
– Border plants.
– Container.
– Cut flower or foliage.
– Edging.
– Small / Miniature.
– Easy to grow.

GROWING & MAINTENANCE TIPS

– Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5.
– Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots.
– High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth.
– Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas.
– They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.
– Hostas are very easy to propagate through division.
– This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant.
– Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided.
– Hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter.
– Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs.
– Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant.





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