This beauty will win your heart with its lovely foliage. It has striking, variegated leaves of green with white centers that will brighten your shade garden. The flower stalks, called ‘racems,’ hold bell-like, lavender-colored blossoms in midsummer. Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. A reliable and hardy plant, it is 14-inches high with 22-inch scapes.
This plant has a mounded growth habit. Introduced to the United States from Europe in the early 1800s, hostas are native to China, Japan, and Korea. You can utilize Christmas Candy in a variety of ways: use it as a filler in combination planters, grow it as a specimen or as the focal point of your shade border, or pair it with other white flowering plants to grow in a moonlight garden. Christmas Candy is the perfect companion for other shade perennials, such as astilbe, Dicentra (bleeding heart), ferns, Tiarella (foam flower), and Tradescantia (spiderwort).
Christmas Candy Hosta Care
Plant in rich, moist soil that is high in organic matter. This hosta, however, can survive in a wide range of soils. It requires an average amount of water – about 1 inch per week. If you plant your hosta in summer, it will need more water until the root system is developed. To conserve water, mulch with shredded bark, shredded leaves, or pine needles. You may add a balanced fertilizer in spring as the leaves emerge. Avoid an excessive amount of high nitrogen fertilizer. This plant thrives on part-shade to shade, but too dark a location will cause a slower growth rate.
Pruning is unnecessary except for damaged leaves and dead flowers. Some gardeners like to trim off hosta flowers before they mature so that they do not distract from the foliage. Christmas Candy’s bell-like, lavender blooms, however, are too pretty to remove. Before winter arrives, rake up and dispose of dead leaves to reduce chances of disease or insect pests.
Christmas Candy Hosta Spacing
Correct spacing of hostas is good horticultural practice. Using a coarse bark mulch and proper spacing between plants allows good circulation to create a dry, rough surface that slugs dislike. The right spacing for Christmas Candy is 24 inches between plant centers.
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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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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
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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.
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