Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Hosta 'Captain Kirk' Overview
Hosta 'Captain Kirk' is a mound-forming perennial cultivar with leaves that appear chartreuse yellow-green through to a golden-yellow shade, then to ivory with margins of a darker green. In mid to late summer erect stems with nodding lavender flowers appear. All Hostas need some shade, and few will thrive in strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade. They are ideal for growing in North facing aspects of your garden where most other plants would struggle. Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make an excellent ground cover. They are suitable for most garden styles and also look good in containers (but keep well watered and watch out for vine weevil in pots!). They require little care apart from tidying up spent leaves and flowers at the end of the growing season, and preferably an autumn mulch. Also in spring, to retain moisture. Hostas like a sheltered position in moist, well-drained soil and do best in a slightly acidic growing medium, but this isn't a necessity and any good garden soil - unless very alkaline - is fine.
Common problems with Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
Hostas can sometimes be affected by a virus.
How to harvest Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
Divide 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 their original depth in the ground with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.
Collect seeds in autumn from dry seed heads, sow in Spring and place in a cold frame. Seeds are unlikely to come true.
Special features of Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
Other uses of Hosta 'Captain Kirk'
This fantastic foliage plant is easily used for underplanting but it is equally grown in containers in urban courtyards and formal beds of cottage gardens. With an OPALS rating of 1, these plants are considered 'Good' to include in a low allergen planting scheme.