Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is a “Rock Star” in any garden! And the leaves really do look like mouse ears. The plant that I photographed for this article was growing in pretty heavy shade so it doesn’t has as much color as it would if it were out where it would get more sun.
It grows tight and compact, it’s a smaller growing Hosta that only gets 8 inches high and only 12″ wide.
The blueish green color makes it a standout in any garden and people go crazy over them. When I mention that I have them, it’s one of the first things people ask about when they get to the nursery.
Blue Mouse Ears is hardy and grows well in zones, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9! How’s that for being adaptable?
This really is a versatile plant that can grow in just about any garden. It will tolerate shade but is also not easily offended by a lot of sun.
Now, here’s the million dollar question; “Does anybody in your town grow and sell these?” They should, people fall in love with them on the spot. But I’m guessing that when this post gets out in the world, all kinds of people are not going to be able to find these.
The beauty of this plant is that to the best of my knowledge it’s been around a long time and is not patented and you and I are free to grow it to our hearts content.
Blue Mouse Ears Hosta Propagation
The easiest way to propagate Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is by division. Simply plant some in your garden and then every year or every year dig up the clumps, divide them in clumps of two or three eyes then re-plant at least one or two of the divisions.
Large growers actually buy little tiny plants from a tissue culture lab, grow them on in a very climate controlled greenhouse, then sell them to growers like me as small plugs. I buy trays of them, 72 to a tray. I am currently paying $1.26 each for them.
How crazy is that? $1.26 each! I can’t share my wholesale sources here in this public forum but I happily share them all the time with Our Members in the Members Only Area.
I am constantly reminding Our Members How Easy a Plant Like this is to Sell Wholesale. Small garden centers are always looking for a place where they can pick up a 25 to 50 plants in a hurry. On Friday morning their sales are might be full stocked and looking great. Two hours later, right before the weekend, somebody might come by and completely wipe them out on two or three items.
Small garden centers and landscapers are just like you and I. They have a limited budget. They can’t buy and stock up on everything they’d like to. Even a small grower like me, there are a million things that I don’t have that I wish I had. Right now I don’t have a single Blue Mouse Ears Hosta in my nursery. They all sold at my fall plant sale.
Geez Louise! How could they not sell? Look at how pretty the petite little bloom is.
I have some ordered for spring, but when buying wholesale, you don’t know for sure you are going to get the plants that you order until you have them in your hand. I will be really, really disappointed if my wholesale supplier cuts my order, but it happens all the time. If somebody shows up at my nursery today with a truck load of plants that I don’t have, especially perennials, I’d buy the whole truck load.
This is what people don’t quite grasp. You don’t have to have a full blown plant nursery. I don’t care what your nursery looks like, how big it is or isn’t, or anything else. If you show up and say; “Mike, I have 25 of these and 25 of those.” and I look in the truck and the plants look good and the price is right, I will buy them on the spot.
Every single person in this business is just like that!
Hosta are easy to grow and propagate because all you have to do is dig them up and divide the. I’ll do a post about that later, remind me.
But what if you don’t have any to start with? Do like I do and most of our members do, buy a bunch of them wholesale. I ordered thousands and thousands of dollars worth of hosta for spring, many of them I am paying less that $1.50 for. Sure they’re small, but they grow quickly and I’ll sell them for $5.97 each in a matter of months and that’s really, really cheap. I’m crazy for selling them that cheap.
But I am a bit crazy.
Lots and lots of Hostas are offered For Sale in Our Members Area at wholesale prices as well. But we only accept new members a few times a year so check the date on “This Page” and mark your calendar for when we open up to new members.
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