Hosta Blue Cadet for Sale Online
Hosta 'Blue Cadet' is a medium-sized perennial with heart-shaped blue-green foliage that matures to a true green by summer. By mid-summer, you should expect to see pale lavender flowers appear atop tall stems. As fall approaches, their leaves turn to a beautiful golden-yellow. Because Blue Cadet Hostas are fairly low-growing, they are great plants for container plantings, too.
This shade-loving perennial will grow vigorously as long as it is given plenty of shaded time in your garden. Hostas grow best in rich, well-draining soils. They can handle a bit of morning sun, but too much will hinder their growth. Blue Cadet Hostas are slightly drought tolerant; to ensure optimal growth: their soil should be kept moist.
|Mature Height:||3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||4 Feet|
|Flowers:||Clusters of pale lavender blooms|
|Sunlight:||Part shade to full shade|
How to Care for Hosta Blue Cadet Plants
Before you purchase your Blue Cadet Hosta, be sure to read the recommended care instructions to ensure your plant remains happy and healthy for years to come!
How do I plant a Hosta Blue Cadet?
When choosing a location to plant your Hostas, the most crucial decision is to place them in an area of your garden that receives plenty of shade. We recommend that you place your newly delivered plant in the area of your garden you have chosen to plant it and let it acclimate to its new environment before adding additional stress by planting. First, dig a hole twice the width, but no deeper than the container. Always remember to loosen the roots at the bottom of your plant using your hand before you put your Hosta in the hole. Next, backfill the hole with a mix of the original soil and compost or topsoil. Pat around the plant to get rid of any air pockets, and always remember to give it a good watering once the process is complete.
How often should you water Blue Cadet Hostas?
Your Blue Cadet Hosta will thrive in moist soil conditions. We recommend that you water your plant regularly to maintain these desired conditions. New Hostas will require more frequent waterings, but established plants can thrive from one deep watering each week. We prefer you do this method versus light, frequent waterings throughout the week. Apply water at the base of the plant instead of from the top. If you water your plant from the top, the excess water could cause your plant's leaves to burn.
What type of mulch is best for Blue Cadet Hosta Plants?
Mulching helps protect the roots of Hosta Blue Cadet perennials and retains moisture in the soil. Because Blue Cadet Hostas love moist soil conditions, adding mulch is extremely beneficial and, we recommend doing so. Try using organic mulch options such as pine needles, shredded bark, or leaves. When the organic mulch starts to decompose, they add much-needed nutrients to your plant's soil. After their dormancy season of winter is over, you can add more soil to the base of your plant, about 3 inches thick. However, be sure to leave a gap between the base and mulch to prevent rot.
When should I fertilize my Hosta Blue Cadet?
We recommend adding a slow-release fertilizer to your Blue Cadet Hosta in the spring before they bloom. If you decide to use a balanced, granular fertilizer, you can apply it once a month to encourage overall health and continuous growth. It is crucial to stop fertilizing 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost. Failure to do so will result in your Hostas becoming vulnerable to cold winter weather, and your perennials may not come back the following spring.