Sum and Substance Hosta

Product Code: hsuma

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
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The Sum and Substance Hosta is an extremely large hosta that may take several years to fully mature. The huge 14" leaves are heart-shaped golden-chartreuse in color that become more puckered as the plant matures. The pale lavender flowers are born on 48" scapes mid to late summer. This hosta needs morning sun to keep the leaves yellow. It likes moist, rich, well-drained soil. This hosta is slug resistant! Mature size is around 2.5' tall x 5' wide. Hardiness zone 4.

Planting & Care for Hostas

Preparation

  • Hostas are excellent at forming big, bold clumps that keep down the weeds, but until they emerge in late spring some weeding may be necessary. They also benefit from heavy mulching.
  • Hostas look best when mass planted near water features, or when allowed to multiply in shady areas under trees.
  • Cultivars with cream, white or yellow variegations will brighten a shady part of the yard, and so long as the tree or shrub canopy is high enough to let sufficient light reach the hostas, they will maintain their variegation.
  • It is interesting when types are mixed to create a wealth of different effects with color, size, shape and texture.
  • Since hostas do not come into leaf early in the spring, it’s nice to pair these with other early blooming plants in the landscape to make a bright and successful show.
  • Most hostas grow in full sunlight if well-watered. They thrive in shade or dappled light. Blue-leaved forms can be the hardest of all to place because they turn green with either too much sun or too heavy shade. Yellow to gold forms are best with direct sunlight in the early morning or late in the afternoon
  • They need rich, moisture-retentive soil. Large amounts of decayed manure or compost should be dug into the ground before planting.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove. You’re now ready to plant.
  • Scroll down to an orange rectangular box and click on “Handling & Plant Guidelines” for illustration on planting each of these types.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • After flowering, cut off and spent flower stems in the spring. Continue watering the pants until the foliage begins to die down, and then tidy up the clumps, which can look unsightly. Mulch the area with supplies of compost or manure. See our helpful video regarding when and how to prune hostas.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Hostas

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Sum and Substance Hosta is an extremely large hosta that may take several years to fully mature.
  • It has huge 14" leaves that are heart-shaped golden-chartreuse in color that become more puckered as the plant matures.
  • Pale lavender flowers are born on 48" scapes mid to late summer.
  • It needs morning sun to keep the leaves yellow.
  • This hosta is slug resistant!
  • Mature size is around 2.5' tall x 5' wide.
  • Hardiness zone 4.
  • Hostas are also known as the plantation lily, this herbaceous perennial is long-lived and grown for its attractive, decorative foliage.
  • Hostas are excellent at forming big, bold clumps that keep down the weeds, but until they emerge in late spring some weeding may be necessary. They also benefit from heavy mulching.
  • Hostas look best when mass planted near water features, or when allowed to multiply in shady areas under trees.
  • Cultivars with cream, white or yellow variegations will brighten a shady part of the yard, and so long as the tree or shrub canopy is high enough to let sufficient light reach the hostas, they will maintain their variegation.
  • It is interesting when types are mixed to create a wealth of different effects with color, size, shape and texture.
  • The bell-shape flowers, mostly in mauve shades, appear in the summer and are held high above the foliage.
  • Since hostas do not come into leaf early in the spring, it’s nice to pair these with other early blooming plants in the landscape to make a bright and successful show.
  • Most hostas grow in full sunlight if well-watered. They thrive in shade or dappled light. Blue-leaved forms can be the hardest of all to place because they turn green with either too much sun or too heavy shade. Yellow to gold forms are best with direct sunlight in the early morning or late in the afternoon
  • They need rich, moisture-retentive soil. Large amounts of decayed manure or compost should be dug into the ground before planting. Mulch plants after planting.
  • Divide hostas in April and August. Transplant in May. Most hostas are best divided every 4 to 5 years. Plant them 6 inches apart. The larger ones at intervals of 36 inches.
  • Slugs and snails can be a major problems. Pick off snails and slugs and avoid watering in the evening.
  • Hostas can provide cut flowers.
  • After flowering, cut off and spent flower stems in the spring. Continue watering the pants until the foliage begins to die down, and then tidy up the clumps, which can look unsightly. Mulch the area with supplies of compost or manure. See our helpful video regarding when and how to prune hostas. 

How to plant containers

 

Pruning Perennials in their Dormancy

 

Shade Gardening

Popular Sizes
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
2' - 5' Bare Root 5 - 35 5 - 15" 2 - 5' FedEx
Containers/Grow Bags
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#2 Container 15 12" 12" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
#5 Container/Grow Bag 40 14" 10" McKay Delivery*
#7 Container/Grow Bag 35 - 50 14 - 16" 1 - 2' McKay Delivery*
#10 Container/Grow Bag 55 - 70 18" 1 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#15 Container/Grow Bag 65 - 80 22" 2 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#20 Container/Grow Bag 100 - 160 24" 7 McKay Delivery*
#25 Container/Grow Bag 130 - 200 24 - 30" 8' McKay Delivery*
Bare Root
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Bare Root 5 5 - 8" (no soil on roots) 5 - 10" FedEx
12" Bare Root 5 - 10 5" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12" FedEx
15" Bare Root 8 - 10 10 - 12" (no soil on roots) 12 - 15" FedEx
18" Bare Root 10 - 15 10 - 15" (no soil on roots) 15 - 18" FedEx
2' Bare Root 15 12" (no soil on roots) 2' FedEx
3' Bare Root 20 15" (no soil on roots) 3' FedEx
4' Bare Root 25 18" (no soil on roots) 4' FedEx
5' Bare Root 30 20" (no soil on roots) 5' FedEx
6' Bare Root 35 22" (no soil on roots) 6' McKay Delivery*
8' Bare Root 40 22 - 24" (no soil on roots) 8' McKay Delivery*
9' Bare Root 45 24 - 30" (no soil on roots) 9' McKay Delivery*
1 3/4" caliper Bare Root 50 30" (no soil on roots) 5 - 6' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper Bare Root 55 32" (no soil on roots) 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper Bare Root 60 32" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper Bare Root 65 32 - 35" (no soil on roots) 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
Balled & Burlap (B&B)
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
2' tall B&B 50 12 - 16" 2'  McKay Delivery*
3' tall B&B 60 - 250 22 - 24" 4' McKay Delivery*
4' tall B&B 250 22 - 24"  5' McKay Delivery*
5' tall B&B 325 16 - 24" 5' McKay Delivery*
6' tall B&B 150 - 325 24 - 30"  6' McKay Delivery*
7' tall B&B 500 - 700 30"  7' McKay Delivery*
8' tall B&B 600 - 700 30 - 32" 8' McKay Delivery*
9' tall B&B 700 30 - 35" 9' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper B&B 250 - 700 22" - 28" 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper B&B 350 - 600 24" - 30"  10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2" caliper B&B 600 - 700 28" - 32"  10 - 14' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper B&B 700 - 1,000 30" - 36" 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
3" caliper B&B 850 - 1,200 34" - 38" 12 - 18' McKay Delivery*
3 1/2" caliper B&B 1,000 - 1,200 36"  3' McKay Delivery*

*McKay Delivery - This shipping method can only be used when your delivery address is within 60 miles of Waterloo, Wisconsin. McKay will hand delivery your nursery stock. We can delivey any size, but typically this shipping method is used for oversize items that FedEx cannot ship.

Growing Zones: 4-8

Bloom Time: August
Color: Green, Purple, Yellow
Plant Size: 2.5' tall x 5' wide
Flower Color: Lavender
Sunlight: Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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