White Feather Hosta, known as the Plantain Lily, is native to China, Korea, and Japan. White Feather Hosta is not a big plant; it can grow six to ten inches (15 to 25 cm) tall and nine to twelve inches (23 to 31 cm) wide.
This Hosta does not stay white for the whole year. It emerges all white and will turn green by mid to late summer. After that, they appear white, and the veins of the leaves will turn green. As the Hosta matures, its leaves change color into a blend of green and creamy white.
Hostas are loved because they are easy to grow and care for and might even outlive the gardener who planted them. Hostas symbolize friendship and devotion, making them perfect for gifting to a friend or loved one.
White Feather Hosta will grace you with its lavender-colored flowers in early summer. You can use this beautiful plant to bring light and contrast into the shady parts of your garden or living space.
White Feather Hostas are safe for human consumption, but this does not mean you should eat the plant. However, they are toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets. To keep your pets from eating the plant, spray it with lemon juice.
Types of White Feather Hostas
Lakeside Cupcake Hosta – has heart-shaped leaves with greenish-blue edges and a white center.
Vulcan – has creamy white foliage, sunshine yellow lines, and bright green edges.
Americana – has heart-shaped, waxy green leaves with a frosting, narrow center.
American Sweetheart – leaves are waxy green and have a narrow egg white center.
White Edge Hosta – has emerald green leaves with creamy white edges and can grow up to 24 inches (62 cm) tall.
Bridal Falls Hosta – has deep green leaves with pale edges and can grow to be 28 inches (71 cm) tall.
The White Feather Hosta loves it when you water it generously. The Hosta demands this much water because of its leaves. Hostas do tolerate drought but mostly enjoy moist soil.
You should increase watering to three times a day when the weather gets hotter. Growing your Hosta in a pot will need more watering once every one or two days.
When the tips turn brown and dry, you’ll know you have underwatered it. They cant tolerate standing water. The leaves would start to sag and turn yellow if you were to overwater them. Growing white feather Hosta in the ground will require watering once every three days, but only if the soil retains moisture.
Make sure to plant or place this plant in the shade because the sun is not tolerated. The best option is to place the plant in a spot with full shade. Its light-colored and thin leaves can get sunburnt rather easily, so be careful with how much sun gets to it. A great way to ensure the shade is to plant it underneath a tree, do keep in mind that they don’t like feuding with shallow-rooted trees.
Soil & Fertilizer
The soil should be slightly acidic or alkaline, meaning pH levels between 5.5 – 8.5. White feather hostas will do well in damp, rich organic soil. The best soil should be well-draining, have slightly acidic pH levels, and be enriched with organic matter and nutrients.
White Feather Hostas do best when fertilized with a slow-release fertilizer. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium should be in the fertilizer you use. Because Hostas are heavy feeders, these nutrients are essential for the plant.
They don’t need much fertilizer, but if you are growing them in the wrong soil or they aren’t thriving as they should then fertilizing is recommended. Hostas growing in a pot can be fed half-strength tomato fertilizer a couple of times during the year.
White Feather Hostas need next to no pruning. You can remove damaged leaves during the growing season the help the plant look more lively. After or before blooming you can also remove the flower stalks. If the above-ground foliage is killed by a hard frost in the fall the leaves can be cut back to the ground.
To help the plant focus its energy on making new growth, you should cut your plant back in the fall. You can also prune it in mid-summer. Pruning your plant at the right time will not harm it. Pruning will allow time for the Hosta to grow healthy-looking foliage before fall.
Dividing and Repotting
You should divide your Hosta every four to five years. The best time for dividing is spring. When the plants are just starting to emerge, dig them up and repot them separately.
Repotting is required when Hostas outgrow their pots. When first potting your plant make sure to estimate its full-grown size so it can flourish in peace. Repotting should be done in the spring when the new growth begins. Make sure not to use a pot too big, as they like being rootbound. Move your Hosta to a pot only one size bigger when repotting.
Propagating a White Feather Hosta can be done very easily:
- Divide the plants in early spring or fall
- Carefully dig up the plant’s root ball
- Divide the roots into smaller clumps and leaves
- Finally, replant
- Make sure to follow their usual care schedule
Propagation can also be done using leaf-cutting:
- Choose a big leaf with a stem.
- Remove the leaf, making sure the stem remains attached.
- Use clean and sharp scissors or shears.
- Place the leaf-cutting upright into a tall narrow jar of water.
- Make sure to use non-chlorinated water.
- When the root emerges, transplant them into a pot or container with the recommended soil.
When you notice the lower leaves turning yellow and brown, or if you see any soft, brown, mushy decay, the plant has gotten infected by some fungal disease.
To treat the plant, remove the infected leaves, irrigate the plant so that water won’t touch the leaves, and finally, apply fungicide so the healthy leaves can survive. Keep an eye on your plant to notice and treat the disease earlier and more easily.
Hostas are tough and strong plants, so you usually won’t come across any pests. Slugs, however, do love munching on the plants’ leaves. To prevent slugs from eating your plant, you can surround the plant with eggshells; the edges are sharp, making it hard for the slugs to cross.
The second way to hold the slugs off is by using beer traps: fill small containers with beer and bury them level with the ground around the plant. When you notice slugs on your Hosta, you can use insecticidal soap or mix coffee grounds or garlic into the water in a spray bottle. Spray the plant and the land around it with the mixture or the insecticidal soap to keep away any slugs and snails.
This stunning shade plant is easy to handle. Perfect for any beginners looking to brighten up their garden corners full of shade. Getting a White Feather Hosta into your living spaces or garden will make your fellow gardeners jealous, as this plant is an incredibly rare find.