Plant Size

Plant Size

Generally, there are two questions about plant size - how big are the plants we ship and how big will they get.

First, the plants we ship.  We may offer an individual variety in more than one size

 

 

It probably seems like it should be easy to tell you how far apart to plant your hostas. You want to know exactly how tall the plant will get and how wide it will be, so you'll know whether to put it in front of your pink azalea or behind the coral bells. And how will you know how far apart to plant them unless you know whether they'll be 28" wide or 32"?

They do it on those little tags they give you with the marigolds, don't they?  Well, this is gardening, not engineering. It's not as simple as planting marigolds.  On the other hand, look at the pictures on our home page and compare that to a row of little yellow marigolds spaced 8" apart.  You might have to think a bit instead of follow directions on a tag, but it will be worth it, trust me.

Probably the two most respected works on hostas currently available are The Genus Hosta by George Schmid and The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zillis. Both are written by knowledgeable authorities and both list a large variety of hostas and indicate their clump size. Here are some common hostas and their sizes listed by the two books and by their official registration information, respectively: Golden Sculpture, 22"w x 24"h or 72"w x 33"h or 40"w x 30"h. Krossa Regal, 30"w x 28"h or 71"w x 33"h or 36"w x 36"h. Blue Dimples, 20"w x 14"h or 45"w x 18"h or 18"w x 13"h.  In each case, I would presume that someone went outside with a tape measure and measured a plant, and yet all three of the measurements for the same variety are completely different.

Why is there such a difference when we're looking at common, every day hostas that anybody writing a book should be totally familiar with? Because they all measured different plants. The plant's size depends on when you measure it. Hostas just keep growing throughout their life cycle, 10, maybe 20 years. So when do we measure? Add to that problem the fact that clump size is very much influenced by the amount of moisture available and other cultural factors, and probably even by the area of the country where they are grown, and things start getting a bit complicated.

The measurements for height and width that I have included in the descriptions are just there to give you an idea of how large the plant will be at some point in time a few years down the road.