WANTED: 2009 Hosta Secret Swap

daisy_me(Z6b IL)May 25, 2009

It's that time of year again....time for the 2009 Hosta Secret Swap!

The swap is open to all U.S. GardenWeb members (there has not been enough interest in the past couple of years for a Canadian swap).

Well, here you go....

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2009 Hosta Secret Swap Sign Up

If you are interested in participating in the 2009 Hosta Secret Swap you must sign up by 5/31/09. You must e-mail me with your info by midnight on the cut off date to be part of the Hosta Secret Swap. You will receive the name of the person you will be sending to by 6/2/09, giving you plenty of time to dig/divide or shop. As a reminder, its helpful if you update your exchange page so your sender knows what you have/what youÂd like.

1. The hosta secret swap is for at least ONE NAMED hosta. You are allowed to send more if you choose but you must send at least one healthy, disease free, named variety of hosta, at least one eye with sufficient roots. There has been much discussion on HVX and foliar nematodes on hosta forums. If you are suspicious of any hostas you have, please do not share those with fellow gardeners. Please only send a hosta or hostas that you would be happy to receive and plant in your garden. And of course, companion plants, garden ornaments, and garden tools are always welcome as well.

2. All secret trades must be mailed by USPS Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation Number, Fedex, or UPS. Once your package is mailed please e-mail me with your DC number or tracking number. This will be used to track the package if there is any problem with delivery.

3. All packages must be mailed out by 6/15/09. If there is an unforeseen problem getting your package out on time, please e-mail me so I can contact your secret trader. Please do not make me track you down--it only takes a minute to shoot me an e-mail. This is a "secret" trade so no one knows who is mailing to anyone else until the package is received!

4. Last, but very important, you must officially sign up to be part of this. Put "GardenWeb Hosta Secret Swap" in the subject line of your e-mail to me with this information:

Your first and last name

Your mailing address

Your user name on GardenWeb

I will e-mail you with confirmation that you are part of the Hosta Secret Swap. I will also follow up with the list of screen names of participants two days before the cutoff date for sign up. If your name isn't on the final list and you already signed up be sure to contact me immediately or you may not be a part of the Hosta Secret Swap.

I will post info on this forum about the secret swap. Please check the "Exchanges" part of the Hosta Forum frequently for updates and please only post on the "Exchanges" forum about the hosta swap. We are not allowed to post about this on the Discussions area of the Hosta Forum.

One last important note, this is always a lot of fun and we can avoid disappointment by making sure that those who sign up for the secret swap are committed to following through and mailing out their packages on time.

Let's get to swapping! :-)

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pandora(Z5 OH)

So Sorry about the Canadians, I wish there was more interest.

I cannot resist..... I'm in.
PM on it's way.

Pan

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 8:57AM
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ZZTOPSOIL(Z8 OREGON)

I'm Signing Up.
Mailing Information has been Sent.
Thanks Kelli.

ZZ.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 2:43PM
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maidofshade

Email on the way. Thanks Kelli!

Cheryl

    Bookmark   May 26, 2009 at 8:28PM
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caliloo(z6/7)

Sending my info too! THanks for organizing this!

Alexa

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 6:48AM
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mjjones453

I am signing Up! yeah! and Thank you, Mary

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 10:09AM
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threedogsmom(6b Carroll Valley PA)

I am in... thank you for organizing this ! It will be my first online swap so I am excited !

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:35PM
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threedogsmom(6b Carroll Valley PA)

Can you post details on how to package hostas for shipping ? Basically, should you cut all the leaves back to stalks and roots before shipping, or do you leave the leaves on, no matter how big the leaves are ? You know how they cut daylily foliage to a fan shape of 5-6" tall, I was wondering if you cut back the hosta foliage like that too ? Thanks for any pointers form people who have successfully shipped their plants ! I want to make sure my secret person gets everything in tip-top shape !!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 8:23AM
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woodthrush(z4PA)

No, you shouldn't cut the leaves off. Dividing the hosta will be a shock to the plant and cutting off leaves will be more. Wash any soil off the roots, wrap a wet paper towel around the roots and then wrap saran wrap around the paper towel so it stays moist. Lay the hosta on a couple sheets of
newspaper and roll the hosta in the paper, and secure with tape, and label. FYI, the PO has free 30" tube boxes and they usually cost the same weightwise as a regular priority box would.
Pam

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 9:26AM
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bragu_DSM 5

I'm in again as well.

^_^

dkB

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 12:20PM
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melati(5)

Sending my info too and thks.

Lee

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 8:28PM
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grdnnkd(Z4 Duluth, MN)

I'll play here too. A PM is on the way.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 11:49PM
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pandora(Z5 OH)

Hi Threedogsmom,
Caliloo posted this tutorial in the FAQ. It was made by Seedseller1.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 11:31AM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

Sorry this post is late, but as you all probably know I couldn't get into my post last night either...

The current list of participants is as follows:

newhostaaddict
annzn5
woodthrush
zztopsoil
pandora
Mike in Minneapolis
timhensley
maidofshade
caliloo
whitewater
mjjones453
bernergarden
joan_h
plantbug
gregory2327
threedogsmom
botanybabe
woodnative
adctd2hostas
frdshox3
omoelegba
bragu
Drew Featherstone
melati
grdnnkd

If you've e-mailed me and are not on this list, please contact me immediately. If you are not on this list and want to still get in on the fun, e-mail me by Sunday 5/31 at midnight CST!

Thanks! :-)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 7:41PM
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mareas(OR Zone 8)

Hooray, I didn't miss this year's swap! I've sent you an email, daisy_me, with my info.

MaidofShade, your blue seedling is just ravishing this year! Thanks again!

Thanks for hosting, daisy,
Marea

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:07PM
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maozamom NE Ohio

I want in. I'll e-mail information now.

mao

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 9:21PM
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wildflower59(z7 va)

count me in please
wild

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 12:09AM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

The final list...

newhostaaddict
annzn5
woodthrush
zztopsoil
pandora
Mike in Minneapolis
timhensley
maidofshade
caliloo
whitewater
mjjones453
bernergarden
joan_h
plantbug
gregory2327
threedogsmom
botanybabe
woodnative
adctd2hostas
frdshox3
omoelegba
bragu
Drew Featherstone
melati
grdnnkd
mareas
mao tse mom
vawildflower
steph98
minnow
platy
glendolyn
daisy_me

If you e-mailed me and don't see your name on this list, please contact me immediately! I plan to have e-mails out to everyone Monday evening/Tuesday morning with their secret swap partner.

If you have not updated your exchange page, now is a good time to do so. It's always helpful if your secret swap partner has an idea of what you have/what you want. For the one person who was not a GW member when he signed up, please become a member, create a list, and e-mail me your GW name, or at the very least e-mail me a list of what you have so I can pass it on to your secret swap partner.

Let the fun begin!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 2:06AM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

Sorry folks, but your e-mails with your swap partners will be arriving a little late--Tuesday evening at the latest. Life got in the way today and I wasn't able to get it done. :-(

Keep an eye on your inbox Tuesday evening!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 12:32AM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

OK folks, check your inbox! If you don't have an e-mail from me please let me know. :-)

-Kelli

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 10:20PM
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minnow(6 Western North Carolina)

Well rats! My tradee has no list at all, so this will be hard for me to decide what to send! I have searced all of their posts & I have only found one clue as to what to send!

I will be out today digging, so someone up North of me should be expecting a USPS Priority box on Tuesday or Wednesday!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 6:53AM
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maozamom NE Ohio

I'm in the same position. Hopefully that means anything would be welcome.

mao

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 1:57PM
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plantbug

Kelli,

My goodie box hit the air waves TODAY and I will be sending you the confirmation number tonight. I hope all recipients report back with their surprises. Thank you Kelli for organizing this fun. plantbug

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 4:05PM
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melati(5)

My box went out this afternoon too.. West of ME lol!!!!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 4:36PM
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frdshox3

Where do I find my tradee's wish list?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 2:52PM
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minnow(6 Western North Carolina)

frdshox3, just click on their name & look at their page. They should also have a trade list or a want list. Most of us old timers just have a list of what we have, which is also helpful for your trader. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 4:42PM
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mareas(OR Zone 8)

I got my box winging it's way East to it's secret destination this morning ;-)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 12:37AM
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gregory2327(z5 NH)

I got my Hostas today - thank you Annzn5!!!!!
Ann was gracious enough to send me three beautiful Hostas that I really wanted; Earth Angel, Sagae, Blue Umbrella's.
Ann also sent three tall metal tags for me to use because she somehow had a preminition that I don't mark plants very well!

Thank you Ann.

My package is going out west today (west of NH is pretty relative)!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 3:46PM
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