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Hosta 'Munchkin Fire'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta

This vigorous new yellow miniature hosta is the perfect size for troughs and the ever-popular fairy gardens. Short and narrow leaves hold their bright yellow color all season long. Since the leaves are so narrow, there isn’t a prominent leaf base, and the leaves simply taper to become part of the petiole. Lavender flowers appear above the petite habit in midsummer.

Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape.  Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Intro Year: 2016

Breeder: Goodwin

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  7 Inches
Spread:
  15 Inches
Scape Height:
  20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Yellow shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Grown for attractive foliage
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.

Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heucherella 'Red Rover' PPAF CPBRAF
Common Name: Foamy Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Helleborus 'Blushing Bridesmaid'
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Tiarella 'Fingerpaint' PPAF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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History:

Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.