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Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Similar in looks to Hosta 'Tokudama' but 'Blue Cadet' has smaller, blue-green leaves and better quality purple flowers. It makes a wonderful plant for containers or the front of the border. Hostas benefit from plenty of organic matter being added to the soil before planting. They also enjoy being mulched in spring and autumn to help retain moisture in the soil. For the lushest displays, feed with a balanced fertiliser between March and June. Do not feed after this period or you will encourage the sort of sappy growth that slugs adore! To avoid the leaves looking like a piece of lace, take measures against slugs and snails, such as beer traps.

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Blue Cadet

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 16cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

Flowering period: July to August


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