How many pips per pot?

ryseryse_2004April 28, 2013

I am going to divide hostas to sell in 6" pots at the farmer's market. How many pips will it take to fill a pot nicely?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My opinion is two or three. Depending on the size of the pips. I always choose the pot with more than one pip. 6" isn't very big for hosta so I wouldn't put in any more than three. You'll get more opinions than mine.


    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:53AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

2 to 3 max .... would be the norm ...

pot some with more.. BUT CHARGE MORE ..

some peeps want a new plant..

some want instant gratification .. eh??

dividing.. should have been done last fall.. and potting this spring.. while still in pip stage.. for best presentation ...

if your are already leafed out .. wilted plants might not sell well ... but live and learn.. and dont forget the tape trick if so ....

go for it ... it will be an adventure ....


and to increase profit ... get smaller pots.. use less media.. etc ...

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'd agree that I look at the number of eyes in a hosta (when I get to see any for sale, that is). Probably where you are, the folks won't be looking for hosta to pot up and keep in a pot, so it makes sense to use as small a pot as required. Had not thought about it, but Ken is right.....I've put a big part of my garden budget into the media far beyond the cost of buying the pots.

I'd consider a 3-eye hosta to be a good find. And if you do a bigger pot with a lot of tops on them, charge more. And see which sells out quicker.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 2:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Ken, you suggested to divide in the fall and pot up in the spring. How do you store your divisions over the winter? Also, if I have to cut through a clump, should I wait a day to pot it to allow the cut to dry? Does that matter?

I am digging them as the pips appear --- most here have not come up yet but a few are.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 4:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

Some hostas just look drop dead gorgeous when they unfurl and some need a bit of time to come to color. I would guess that for those hosta that look their best at the time of your sale, you may get away with just two pips rather than the three per pot.

We have a store that sells hosta each year. Last year they had a good variety of hosta. Most of the hosta were small sized, but they did have some more mature hostas that year. I did not think that the large hostas sold as easily. I think that people feel that they can buy small and the hosta will mature in no time at all. But we hostaholics know better and sometimes it pays to get a hosta in a larger size.

Perhaps you have taken pictures of your hostas in the past years? If you have some good pictures, you may want to display them or have them handy as an example to show a potential customer.

These were just some of my thoughts.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

I'd look at it as more of a function of the roots. If you've got a hefty root system, it maybe difficult to get 3 eyes worth of roots into a pot.

If it's a 3-eye plant, maybe charge more than the 1 or 2 eye ones.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 11:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

This is becoming too much of a project for an old lady, I think. Wow, the clumps are very old and the roots go very deep. I gave up on a bed that is under a grove of Black Walnuts. The tree roots made it almost impossible to dig. Also, it is impossible to not step on emerging pips while trying to dig. FRUSTRATION!!!

Ok, another question. Is it OK to trim some of the roots that are extremely long before potting them?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:06AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Anyone wanna do Leaf shots? Hosta 'Dream Queen'
Who needs slo-poke 'Thunderbolt'? fwiw, hh
Anyone get Flickr photos to work?
I've read through the attempts at getting photos to...
funnthsun z7A - Southern VA
is there a bacon forum .....?????
if there is.. i should have looked .. lol if there...
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5
My New Potting Media Experiment
Last summer I started a thread about using Lady Bug...
Dogs in the Hosta Beds
My senior Gsd\aussie mix liked to help in the gardens...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™