Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
American Hosta Society Awards:
2006 Benedict Garden Performance Medal Honorable Mention
2008 Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit
2011 Benedict Performance Medal Winner!
2008 American Hosta Growers Ass. Hosta of the Year
Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit
I brought my Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ home from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017. This Hosta has been on my wishlist for a long time and I was glad I found one locally. This is the first miniature Hosta I have grown and hopefully the first of many.
I always take a lot of photos during the summer, sometimes only a few days apart. Please pardon the untidiness of the bed. There is always plenty to do on the farm and in the garden during the summer and sometimes the beds get a little neglected. Anyone who is a gardener knows how fast grass and weeds can come up and grow. I put the new Hosta and Heucheras in a new bed I made which was amended with “The Good Stuff”. That is decomposed cow manure and hay from where hay was fed a year or so ago. A lot of grass and weed seeds always come along.
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The leaves are a blue-green color and very thick. Descriptions online say the leaves kind of curl up making them resemble mouse ears.
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is a sport of the AWESOME Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’. It was found and introduced by Emile and Jane Dechert in 2000.
This cultivar is a multiple award winner and rightly so. Although this is our first year together, it has already made a big impression on me.
Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae).
Origin: Introduced by Emile & Jane Deckert in 2000.
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F).
Size: 6-8” tall x 12” wide.
Spacing: 12” apart.
Flowers: Lavender flowers in July through August on 12” stems.
Leaves: Small, roundish, dark green leaves.
Light: Light to full shade.
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Water: Average water needs once established.
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity.
Resistant: Slugs and snails.
While the other new Hosta I added this year were in their “getting used to stage”, ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ almost looked like it had been here for several years.
Nice small, rounded, thick, blue-green leaves. I would say “cute” but I am not sure that is a word men are supposed to use to describe anything but babies.
Even as the temperatures started getting cooler and daylength was decreasing, Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ still looked very good. The others were beginning to turn yellow and brown.
I always poke around in the Hosta beds as spring tries to approach. I guess I am always a bit anxious to see signs of life. Not all the Hosta were peeking through yet, but the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ was beginning to emerge.
After another month it was getting a good start.
Lingering cold temps kind of slowed down the process somewhat, but eventually…
We have LEAVES!
With cool evening temps, we were still a little slow…
I measured the Hosta clumps on June 20 and Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ measured only 5″ tall x 9″ wide. Well, it is supposed to be small. 🙂
Even the flower stems are very short, measuring only 6 1/2″ tall.
Its largest leaf measured 1 1/2″ wide x 2 1/2″ long.
This was the last photo I took of the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ in 2017. We had a bit of an issue with the shade because of the Japanese Beetle invasion. Two of the trees above one of the shade beds are Chinese Elms and the beetles love their leaves. It created quite a mess, but I suppose it did add a layer of mulch. But the “mostly” shady area became light shade. The Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ did fine with the extra light but they all needed to be watered more often.
Spring was right around the corner so I took a few photos of the perennials that have started coming up. The Hosta completely disappears over the winter and I always get anxious to see when they start coming up. The above photo shows the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ on March 10 beginning to sprout.
The Hosta ‘Bue Mouse Ears’ is looking pretty good but growing slowly.
The leaves of the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ are finally starting to unfurl.
By May 5, temps had been getting warm enough for the Hosta to start growing much better.
Getting in full swing by May 25…
WE HAVE FLOWERS!!!
August 11 was the last day I took photos of the plants in the shade bed in 2019. They had a great summer despite the Japanese Beetle invasion which wasn’t bad in 2019 as it was in 2018. It wasn’t as bad in 2019 because I had a trap right next to the shade beds. I had to keep an eye on them and water a little more often.
Spring was in the air when the above photo was taken on March 30 and the Hosta have been “working on it”. Most of them have been poking out of the ground for a while and now are beginning to turn green. They are a bit slow sometimes when cool temps linger, but as soon as it gets warm enough they will start growing better. It seems like they are waiting for the perfect opportunity.
By May 15, the Hosta were well underway and looking great.
I was fairly busy over the summer in 2020 so I didn’t get to take many photos. The plants in the shade bed did very well and we had rain off and on. Luckily, we didn’t have much of a problem with the Japanese Beetles like in 2018 and 2019, so the shade beds stayed shady…
2021 Wasn’t a good year for the Hosta here. Normally, the deer only nibble on the H. ‘Potomac Pride’ when the Hosta start growing in the spring then leave them alone. In 2021, they kept eating their leaves and wouldn’t let several of them grow. HOPEFULLY, they won’t be a problem in 2022.
I will continue adding more photos as time goes by.
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