Hosta 'Fire Island' Description
Glittering gold jewel with fiery red stems & trouble-free performance!
Hostas have been widely recognized for their tough disposition and rich foliage color, unequaled to any other shade loving plant.There is nothing quite like Hosta Fire Island. Thickly textured, glowing gold leaves are highly slug proof. Contrasting red stems add more beauty. Grow only 10" high and 18" wide, these shade loving groundcovers are sure to ignite a warm glow in your landscape. Summer produces lavender blooms on short stalks. Foliage color is more intense in spring and becomes more subdued by summer.
How to grow hosta
Grow Hostas in shade to partial shade (morning sun/afternoon shade). Morning sun brings out the best gold color in Fire Island. Hostas will develop in luxuriant clumps if provided a rich, moisture retentive soil. They need ample space and about 2-3 years of undisturbed growth in a single location to develop in truly handsome clumps. They are widely used for troubled spots where other plants are difficult to establish. Highly adaptable to wet or soggy soil. Hostas will also grow in dry shade, but may be smaller in size, unless amended with good organic matter and more water.
Designing with hostas
Plant in drifts or use as an edging plant. Showiest when planted in groups of 3 or more. Nice underplanting to buxus, hydrangeas, and other shade loving shrubs.
Hostas are extremely easy to grow in pot, planters and other containers, providing a sense of greenery on terraces and patios. Select larger pots and combine with other shade loving plants. Use different textures and forms will keep your containers interesting. Dark hued heucheras combine well with gold hostas. Gold-hued perennials such as acorus or carex combine well with green or blue foliage plants. For added color include bulbs such as caladums and begonia.
Cut foliage in spring and early summer for long lasting fresh arrangements.
Think foliage color to keep any shade garden interesting throughout the season and brightening up a dreary bed or border.
Special features: Cold hardy, Cut flower, Cut foliage, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Moisture tolerant, Rabbit resistant
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- Botanical name:
Hosta 'Fire Island'
- Common name:
- Sun exposure:
Shade, Part shade
- Ship form:
- Soil type:
Normal, Sandy, Clay
- Soil moisture:
- Height x width:
16" X 15"
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
Gold with red stems
- Bloom season:
Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
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- Patent #: None
More Info, How-To's, Videos and more
Soil: Evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
Light: Part shade to full shade -- Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions).
Water: Medium -- Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
Spacing: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring.
Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2" of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns.
Maintenance & pruning: GreatGardenPlants.com offers slug-proof varieties. However, there may be regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs. Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.
ReviewsWrite a reviewHostasPhillip B | Apr 25, 2016Highest praises to all at GGP. Order arrived on time, and all 12 hosta's were perfect, healthy, and with no issues at all, not even one cracked or brown tipped leaf. Thank you!!