Hosta Halcyon is one of the best blue-leaved hostas. Hosta 'Halcyon' has blue leaves of medium cyan that are spear-shaped when young and heart-shaped when mature. In summer, the leaves complement the bell-shaped grey lavender flowers. Hosta ‘Halcyon’ leaves come in many shapes, colors, sizes and textures, so there are a variety of options to suit you and your garden.
How to Choose and Prepare a Planting Site
Dappled shade to Deep Shade, though Hosta Halcyon
is one of the varieties that can tolerate and thrive with a little dappled morning sunlight. Gentle morning dappled sunlight is preferred as protection from any hot afternoon sun is needed. Hostas are perfectly happy in either deciduous or evergreen shade.
When to Grow Hosta Halcyon
Hosta Halcyon is suitable to plant in spring when new shoots appear. This is also a good time to divide and transplant established clumps. However, early fall is also an option, especially if you want your plants to look more established come spring.
How to Grow Hosta Halcyon
Hosta Halcyon Propagation with Seeds
Seed-raised Hostas very rarely come true to type (except H.ventricosa). Collect Hosta Halcyon seeds in autumn from dry seed heads, sow in Spring and place in a cold frame.
Hosta Halcyon Propagation with Division
Divide Hosta Halcyon
clumps every 4 or 5 years in late summer or early spring. Ensure each section has 1 to 3 good buds and trim away damaged roots. Replant at original depth, with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.
Hosta Halcyon Care
Hosta Halcyon Light Care
Place the hosta where it receives bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, which is too intense. As with many other houseplants, they appreciate time outdoors during spring and summer, preferably in a somewhat shady location.
Hosta Halcyon Soil Care
Hosta Halcyon prefer retentive soil because their natural habitat is amongst the leaf litter under trees and shrubs. So soils from loam to clay based are preferred. Hosta Halcyon also enjoy mulch because Hosta Halcyon are woodland plants. Likewise they prefer soil pH from neutral to acid, so Hosta Halcyon are natural companions with Camellias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and other acid loving plants.
Hosta Halcyon WateringHosta Halcyon Plants
typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water Hosta Halcyon plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water Hosta Halcyon once per week, unless rains occur.
Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture. After the first season, Hosta Halcyon plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain. How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves. Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Hosta Halcyon Temperature & Humidity Care
Hosta Halcyon do quite well in the climate conditions found throughout its hardiness zone. They may wilt in very warm temperatures unless frequently watered, and high humidity sometimes encourages snails and slugs. These plants are sensitive to cold, and will succumb for the season at the first light frost. They do not emerge in the spring until the soil has warmed considerably. Hosta Halcyon
require a moderate amount of winter chilling (temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks) in order to thrive, and thus are not suitable for very warm climates.
Hosta Halcyon Fertilizer
Hosta Halcyon generally don't require much fertilization, if any, feeding, especially if they are growing in good, rich soil. Plants in dry, poor soils will benefit from diluted liquid fertilizer applied over the plants every 4 to 6 weeks.
Hosta Halcyon Pruning
Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting Hosta Halcyon, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting. After flowering, cut off and spent flower stems in the spring. Continue watering the Hosta Halcyon pants until the foliage begins to die down, and then tidy up the clumps, which can look unsightly.
Hosta Halcyon Pests & Diseases Care
Hosta Halcyon Virus X causes mottled leaf coloring, brown spots, or leaves that appear lumpy twisted. It is spread from one plant to another by contaminated tools or hands, so always clean and sterilize tools. Infected plants should be disposed of, not composted. Learn more from Missouri Botanical Garden.
Hosta Halcyon scorch causes leaves to turn yellow and crispy at the edges. Plants grown in full sun and poor soil are more susceptible. Protect hostas from intense sunlight, especially during the heat of midday and water early in the day. Remove scorched leaves and consider transplanting to a shadier location in your garden.
Frost damage can affect Hosta Halcyon plants
during early spring. Plants will appear limp and crinkled. If frost is in the forecast, cover your Hosta Halcyon and water well. Remove any frost-damaged foliage as it is susceptible to diseases. Plants will often produce a second flush of leaves after frost damage.
Foliar nematodes are tiny roundworms that invade the tissue of Hosta Halcyon leaves, creating yellow and brown discoloration between leaf veins. Foliar nematodes spread primarily via water, but can also be transferred between plants by unsterilized garden tools. To prevent their spread, avoid overhead watering and sanitize your tools. Infected plants should be destroyed; do not compost.
Hosta Halcyon FAQ
How big does a Halcyon Hosta Halcyon get?
'Halcyon' is a slower-growing Hosta Halcyon
(takes several years to develop its mature shape) whose dense foliage crowds out most garden weeds. Easy grower, this clump-forming perennial grows 18 in. tall (45 cm) and spreads 41 in.
Does Hosta Halcyon multiply?
Versatile and easy to grow, most Hosta Halcyon varieties spread readily once they are established. They grow from rhizomes that spread just below soil level, and healthy clumps of Hosta Halcyon can be divided into smaller clumps every few years to share with friends, family and neighbors.
How long does Hosta Halcyon live?
Hosta Halcyon requires little care and will live to be 30 or more years if properly cared for. While most known for thriving in the shade garden, the reality is more nuanced.