Hosta Orange Marmalade is an unusual beauty garden plant, which is often included in the composition of bouquets. It does not require much maintenance and increases its decorative effect over the years. The pleasant green color and uncomplicated pattern attracts attention, but not annoying.
Description of hosts Orange marmalade
If you give a description of the hosts, then the Marmalade variety can be called picky. Among gardeners, it is considered to be universal for any climate. It can withstand drought and severe frosts, and does not require serious training and skills when growing. In addition, the host "Orange Marmalade" is famous for its longevity: the plant can bloom for 20 years in one place, and every year the crown of the bush will grow.
According to its agrotechnical properties, the host is considered a versatile, drought and winter-resistant plant.
"Orange Marmalade" has large oval leaves that have a slightly wrinkled and dense texture. The main feature of this plant variety is the color change during the cyclical annual flowering period. When the leaves bloom, they have a bright hue (from golden yellow to bright orange), but gradually fade under the sun, acquiring a creamy color.
The flowering period of the hosta usually falls in July-early August. "Orange Marmalade" at this time has lavender shades and reaches 1 meter in size. Hosts are plants from the order of liliaceae; they have a pronounced pleasant smell in cool weather. On average, the bush can grow up to 50 cm in height and up to 60 cm in width. The growth rate of the flower is average. "Orange Marmalade" loves moisture, therefore it will not take root on arid soil if the soil is not moistened in time. The flower feels best in the shade or partial shade; in the open sun it shrinks and fade.
Winter hardiness of Orange Marmalade hosts reaches 3 degrees, that is, it survives at temperatures down to -40 ° C. Japan or China is considered a natural habitat, but hosts are widely used in Russia as an ornamental plant as well.
Application in landscape design
Hybrid Hostu Orange Marmalade is often used as the basis for bouquets, because of the wide, beautiful leaves and the bright aroma characteristic of the liliaceae family. In the garden, flowers are usually planted around the perimeter of the reservoir so that there is no accumulation of water at the landing sites. Green and golden bushes also look beneficial against the background of rocky surfaces and stone gardens, on an emerald lawn, when plants are formed in small groups.
Inflorescences "Orange Marmalade" have a strong aroma, which intensifies in cold weather
Pale pink or purple, bright red brown flowers look spectacular next to "Orange Marmalade". This color scheme is usually inherent in the autumn period, just the time of flowering. In the garden, you can apply pastel shades: peach, pale pink or beige, silver, gold and orange. You can also use blue and purple flowers next to the hosts.
Important! It is better to plant similar plants.
White, yellow, orange and gray flower beds go well with Orange Marmalade. The main thing to remember is that the hosta loves shaded areas of the garden.
The most popular and effective way to propagate a bush is by dividing the rhizome. Small specimens of four-year-old Orange Marmalade hosts are taken. The parts are carefully separated from the mother plant without damaging the rhizome. The division must be carried out in early spring or at the very beginning of autumn. Fertilize and plow the soil before planting, water abundantly. "Delenki" should be planted at a distance of 50 centimeters between the holes. Be sure to water the hosta seedlings with a little water.
Another way is to cut an adult hosta flower. It is not as popular, but no less effective. In the maternal hosta, young shoots are formed, which detach along with the heel. Large foliage should be cut in half to allow nutrients to accumulate in the rhizome. The stalk thus loses less moisture. Then the hosta bushes are planted in the shade and watered abundantly until rooting.
The main thing that you need to pay attention to when landing hosts "Orange Marmalade" - the choice of location, or rather the location of sunlight and shade at different times of the day. For a decorative effect and brightness of the color of the leaves, you will have to look for a place where there will be shade during the day, and the sun in the evening and morning.
In addition, you will have to create small fences from wind and drafts.
Hybrid host "Orange Marmalade" takes root well in the soil enriched with humus. Wet ground is also important to her.
Before planting, you need to carry out the following procedures:
- In the area where the hosta is supposed to be planted, you need to fertilize the soil (in the fall).
- After plowing the land.
The best period for planting a bush is April-May. At this time, the threat of frost will pass, and the seedling is more likely to take root.
The second season of disembarkation of the hosts can be made from August to September. Later, it is not recommended, as the plant will not have time to develop the root system. Planting in the autumn does not involve feeding and weeding the soil, it is enough to water the site abundantly.
Hosta blooms in July-August with lavender inflorescences
Before placing the hosta seedling in the ground, it is necessary to clean the root system:
- Remove all dry branches and rhizomes, rotten and fungal parts of the plant.
- Then straighten the roots.
- Sprinkle with soil.
- Drizzle with plenty of water.
Before the winter planting "Orange Marmalade" you need to mulch with sawdust from wood and dry grass. Thus, the plant will have a supply of nutrients and an insulated layer above the roots.
Important! For group planting, the bushes should be placed at a distance of no more than one meter, but no closer than 20 centimeters. So adult hosts will not interfere with each other, while simultaneously creating a lush green canvas.
Adult hosts "Orange Marmalade" are frost-resistant, and can also live for a very long time without watering. But this cannot be said about young seedlings - a fragile root system needs regular moisture and nutrients.
Important! It is impossible to excessively moisten the soil with young seedlings, as nutrients are washed out from the ground. Watering should be infrequent, but abundant.
Moistening the soil is carried out as follows: you need to direct a small stream of water to the roots of the hosta, trying not to touch the leaves of the flower. Moisture on them can attract pests, in particular the main enemies - slugs. They not only harm the health of the bush, but also spoil its appearance.
Due to moisture, the leaves are nailed to the ground, the integrity of the stem is violated
Watering must be done in the morning. If moistened at lunchtime, then only in cloudy weather, otherwise soil erosion will occur. Even if water gets on the foliage, it is necessary to remove it - wipe the sheet with a towel or napkins. Moisture can have a negative effect - it evaporates in the sun and a burn remains on a wet place.
Hosta "Orange Marmalade" is very demanding on fertilizers. Top dressing is quickly absorbed, as evidenced by the intensive growth of leaves and shrubs. Moreover, both ready-made industrial and organic (cut grass, humus, compost, peat) fertilizers can be used for feeding.
Important! For better growth of seedlings, it is imperative to carry out weeding, as well as loosening the soil. The procedure must be carried out within 5 years, until the bush gets stronger and grows.
Preparing for winter
The preparation for the winter period of the Orange Marmalade hosts is simple: all the foliage and the ground yellowed part under the bush are removed and sent for processing. This is necessary in order to get rid of pests that can hide there. Hosta "Orange Marmalade" can withstand severe frosts down to -40 ° C, therefore, it is not necessary to cover it. Small covers can be made to protect the plant from wind and drafts. But it is enough to apply mulching with fallen leaves to fertilize the soil.
Diseases and pests
The pests eat up the leaves and damage the plant's rhizome. They appear from excessive moisture that can form after rains or abundant watering of the hosts. Therefore, the bushes must be covered during the rain, and then wipe the leaves.
The main pest for hosts are slugs and snails
Unfortunately, getting rid of slugs is not easy, as they love the shade during the day and go hunting at night. You can destroy them with the help of special poisonous pellets or traps on brewer's yeast.
Hosta Orange Marmalade is a beautiful ornamental plant that can decorate any garden. It does not require much attention to itself, blooms for almost 20 years, has a pleasant bright aroma. It can be used to create bouquets.
Reviews for host Orange Marmalade
Voronina Olga, Voronezh
The variety "Orange Marmalade" was acquired a couple of years ago in the nursery. I bought an adult five-year-old hosta bush and was satisfied. "Red-haired miracle" blooms right under the window of the dacha. There is practically no care for the host, and the return is crazy.
Sklyab Alexandra, Samara
I love flowers very much, I have my own garden in front of the house. We live in a village, I make bouquets for all my grandchildren on September 1. Hosts are very convenient flowers in this regard: the leaves are wide, the flowers are beautiful, the shades are unusual and bright. One of the inflorescences is already 12 years old, and every September 1st it decorates a bouquet for my granddaughter.
Zirodov Oleg, Tula
I have been growing hosts for a long time. The wife does not really like flowers, she is allergic to them, but for some reason she does not react to hosts. Beautiful, neat, without excessive variegation. The main thing is that they are not capricious in leaving.