Are you looking for an attractive ground cover? How about the gold rim radio? It is a real eye-catcher and easy to care for.
The Goldrand Funkie (Hosta x fortunei) belongs to the perennial plants of the genus Funkie (Hosta) and comes from the Asian region. It is just as suitable as a bedding plant or container plant, as well as for greening balconies and terraces. The characteristic features of the gold rim funky include its beautiful purple inflorescences and the large heart-shaped leaves.
Appearance of the gold rim radio
Gold-edge sparks form bell-shaped or panicle-shaped inflorescences in violet shades that are five to ten centimeters long. The flowering period ranges from June to August, depending on the variety. The leaves are usually pronounced heart-shaped, but can also appear slender and narrow in some varieties, such as the gold-edged Funkie 'Wolverine'.
The green leaves often have yellowish or white edges, which contribute significantly to the visual appeal of the plants. The higher the yellow or whitish leaf content, the better the gold-edge radios can cope with sunlight. In general, you should avoid locations in full sun.
Location and soil
As an expressly shade-loving plant, the gold rim funky makes an important contribution to garden design. Popular places of use are wood edges, shady beds, tubs on patios and balconies as well as pond edges. However, the plants at all of these locations place very high demands on soil quality. The soil should be fresh, well permeable to water, humic and nutritious. Acidic soils do no harm to gold-edge sparks.
Important care instructions
The water requirement of the gold rim radios is in the average range. A light soil moisture is completely sufficient and even better than too much water. Fully grown gold-edge sparks endure unscathed for a few days of dryness. However, you should keep young plants continuously moist to allow unhindered growth.
Gold-edge sparks belong to the perennial and deciduous plants, which in spring have to regenerate almost all of their substance from the roots. During this time, the energy consumption is significantly higher than during the rest of the year. The generous addition of ripe compost can ensure that the gold rim funk receives all the nutrients it needs. After that, the plants no longer need to be fertilized.
The most common danger for gold rim radios comes from snails. This is especially true for thin-leaved varieties. Snail grain is recommended as an antidote. However, this only applies if no dogs and cats live in the garden, because snail grain is also poisonous for pets.
A good success rate in the fight against pests can also be achieved with metal snail fences. The effort is particularly worthwhile if you fence in entire beds. Otherwise, of course, a keen eye helps. You should always remove snails that are noticeable on a tour of the garden. More helpful tips against snails without poison can be found here.