There are numerous varieties of hosta plants. At the time when white feather host plants break from the ground, they are all white in color; however, this is a seemingly magical color in plants. From the basic biology of the plant, we know that all plants requires green pigments (chlorophyll) to make its own food. This implies that all absolute white feather hostas, as magnificent as they may appear, must at some stages of growth, develop green tissue (chloroplast) for their survival.
Caring for White Feather Hosta
Generally, white feather hosta requires very minimal care and maintenance. However, growing white feather is not a hassle-free endeavor. It requires the gardener to have basic knowledge of plant biology. Remember the importance and function of green coloring matter in a plant? White Feather Hostas lack chlorophyll and hence they grow slowly. Therefore, even upon providing this beauty with ideal and conducive growing conditions, White Feather Hosta plants will barely achieve full growth.
Therefore, for effective growth of White Feathers Hosta, you are required to adequately enrich your soil with organic manure in order to improve the water retaining capacity of the soil and to improve soil nutrition.
White Feather Hostas are very sensitive to direct sun. They have thin light colored leaves which are often burnt by the direct sun. To achieve maximum coloring of white feather hosta, ensure that the plant is kept under the shade. Most gardeners plant their hostas in a large pot or container to ensure convenient transportation of the plant.
The thin white leaves of hosta plant are a true delicacy to slugs. Slugs are fond of munching on thin leaves. Therefore, when cultivating white feather hosta, protect your hosta plant by plastic bird netting, spraying and by using slug baits. Moreover, rabbits and deer also find joy in eating white feather hosta plant leaves.
Leaves are apparently white during spring. However, as the summer season creeps in, green pigment becomes visible on white feather hosta leaves. First, it begins by leaf variegation which is characterized by the formation of green leaf veins, and then the entire leaf becomes pale green. This magical color transformation should not alarm you. Remember, leaves clearly require a green pigment to fuel photosynthesis.