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Brother Stefan Hosta

Brother Stefan Hosta

Hosta 'Brother Stefan'


2 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 47964
Ships in Fall at the proper planting time for your zone. View schedule.
$14.95
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We aren't sure whether the tremendous appeal of this Olga Petryszyn introduction comes from the color changes, the large foliage size, the hold of the blooms, or the texture of the leaves, but whatever it is, 'Brother Stefan' has the ability to stop even jaded Hostaphiles in their tracks. We don't hesitate to say that it is a "must have" for any gardener who values the unique merits of Hosta.

The large, heart-shaped leaves unfurl in spring in tones of chartreuse with very waxy blue edges. Thick and nicely textured even at a young age, they change colors as spring turns to summer, the center becoming bright yellow to gold while the edges acquire some green tones in their rich blue. The lovely jagged interplay of the two colors makes each leaf distinctive, while the pronounced puckering and curling of the foliage lends the plant a puffy, very dense look. Sometimes it's hard to remember that this Hosta is just 20 inches high and 3 feet wide -- hardly among the largest! -- because it has such presence.

Before spring is out, small pale lavender blooms, nearly white, arrive in clusters set just above the foliage. This look is so much more appealing than the traditional bare stalks and spindly blooms of most other Hosta! The flowers are still nothing to write home about, but they do look rather nice set against the large, richly colored leaves.

'Brother Stefan' was introduced in 1998, bred from H. 'King Tut' x H. 'Mildred Seaver.' Ms. Petryszyn named it for her brother on his 50th birthday, and what a splendid gift it was! We are honored that she is sharing it with us. Highly, highly recommended. Zones 3-9.

Hosta
Shade Lily, Plantain Lily

Planting:

Set plants 15 to 30 inches apart, depending on the ultimate size of the cultivar or species. (Set very dwarf kinds 9 to 12 inches apart.) Hostas are among the best of plants for shaded situations, but some also succeed in full sun, as they become larger and more mature. The hotter the summers, the more shade will be necessary to prevent scorching the foliage. A high shade canopy providing dappled light is ideal.

Those with blue foliage are outstanding in the shade, while the yellow/gold types will effectively light up dark areas, but prosper, too, in considerable sun. Individual cultivars of green-gold or variegated patterns vary appreciably in the amount of sun they can tolerate. While widely tolerant of soils, hostas do best in a well-drained soil that still affords ample moisture – the sunnier the location, the moister the soil should be. Incorporate generous amounts of humus in the soil, particularly those on the limy or alkaline side.


Maintenance:

A winter mulch is extremely important the first winter, to prevent heaving of unestablished plants as a result of alternating freezes and thaws. Once established, hostas can be left undisturbed for many years, but as landscaping needs dictate, can be moved at almost any time during the year, except midsummer.


Zones:

Zones 3-9

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.