Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’

Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ after I brought it home on 4-23-17, #321-8.


Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’

I bought my Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017, along with several others. I made a new shade bed and was buying plants for it.

Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ is a tetraploid form of Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’ introduced by M. & J. Fransen. It has thicker leaves and wider margins. Scroll down to “For Further Reading” links and click on American Hosta Society to read how it was created. Very interesting!

I take a lot of photos during the growing season to get a record of how the plants do throughout the summer. As you scroll down to view the photos, please forgive the untidiness of the bed. There is a lot to do on the farm so sometimes the grass can get ahead of me. Also, since this is a new bed, there is plenty of open areas that will eventually fill in. I also amended the soil with “the Good Stuff” which is decomposed cow manure and hay from where the cows were fed last winter. There are always plenty of grass and weed seeds that come along.


Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ on 5-31-17, #339-20.

The leaves on this plant are very nice! They are thicker and have more color than Hosta ‘Orange Marmalade’, which is also on my wishlist.


Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ on 6-6-17, #342-2-2.


Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae)
Origin: Introduced by M. & J. Fransen
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F)
Size: 18-24” tall x 24-36” wide
Spacing: 30” apart
Flowers: Lavender flowers in June-July
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


Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ on 6-11-17, #343-22.


Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ on 10-11-17, #382-37.

2017 was my first year with Hosta ‘Forbidden Fruit’ as a companion. Hopefully, it will survive the winter and return in the spring. Then I can add more photos and we can get to know each other better.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on the “Like” below if you have visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 Click here for my page about the Hosta genus, growing information and sources. The links below are specifically for this cultivar. There are several good sources of Hosta somewhere toward the bottom on the right side of the page.


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