The perfect shade-garden perennial, Captain Kirk Hosta is a superstar performer. This reliable and hardy plant’s thick, waxy leaves resist slugs. They are variegated with a sharp color contrast of bright gold centers and wide dark green margins; the gold turns ivory as the summer progresses. It is a large plant 20-inches high, with a 3-feet spread, bearing lavender flowers on 30-inch-tall scapes in midsummer. Captain Kirk is an improved sport of ‘Gold Standard’. The Royal Horticultural Society gave it an award of merit.
It has a mounded growth habit. While resisting slugs, it attracts hummingbirds and songbirds. It shows some tolerance of urban pollution. This hosta is low maintenance. Use it in the border as a groundcover or as a specimen or focal point. Grow a single Captain Kirk Hosta in a container for a dramatic, sculptural effect. Use it as an underplanting for roses and other shrubs. In a mass planting, its gold color brightens shady areas. Its flowers and leaves are beautiful in floral arrangements.
Captain Kirk Hosta Care
Plant it in moist, organic soil that can be clay or loamy. If necessary, add organic matter such as compost. Plant at the same level as they are in the pot. Firm the soil and water in. Apply an average amount of water; do not let it dry out. Deep, infrequent watering is better than frequent, shallow applications. Apply mulch in late spring after the soil warms. Enjoying partial shade to shade, Captain Kirk benefits from morning filtered sunlight for best color. It thrives in average or fertile soil that is acidic or neutral with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5.
No pruning is necessary. Brown, scorched leaf surfaces or tips is a symptom of sunscald – move the hosta to a shadier location. Cut off the stems after they have finished blooming. Do not allow them to set seed or it will take the plant’s energy away from leaf and root development. Trim back discolored leaves to the ground. No special winter care is needed.
Captain Kirk Hosta Spacing
When used as a bedding plant or grown in masses, space the plants 36 inches apart. Measure from plant center to plant center.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.