Hosta ‘Great Expectations’ can be very difficult to grow, and it also grows very slowly. Many people have no success at all with this hosta and advise sinking the potted plant into the soil. Supposedly this process allows more moisture and fertilizer to stay near the root system until the hosta become root-bound in two or three years, when it should be planted directly into the garden. I have had no experience with this method because I had already planted mine directly into the garden before I ever read this advice, and happily they have done well regardless… except once when wild turkeys discovered a fondness for hosta leaves and ate off one complete eye! Great Expectations does produce seed pods, but unfortunately these seeds usually do not germinate.
12 1/2 inches long, 10 inches wide
2 1/2-inch wide blue-green margin
18 vein pairs
blooms late June to early July
29-inch high scapes
58 inches in diameter
29 inches high