Where to buy Hosta

Steve Massachusetts Zone 5bApril 15, 2012

I hope that title is searchable. I think it's the responsibility of those of us who know about HVX (and nems) to inform the Hosta buying public about safe and unsafe sources. Since the large wholesale growers seem to think that 5% diseased plants are an acceptable amount, we will continue to see HVX plants for sale at local nurseries, big box stores, plant sales and other questionable sources. So lets create a thread where we can send people when newbies need to know how to buy healthy plants.

Rules: Post your favorite sources. Give links if you can, and tell why you like them. I believe there are two safe kinds of places to buy; reputable online sources and local Hosta specialty nurseries.

My favorite online sources:

1. Hallson Gardens Large multiple eyed plants at fair prices. Exceptional customer service. A Dave's top 5 for Hosta. If Hallsons has it, I buy from them. Located in Michigan Hallson Gardens

2. In the Country Garden and Gifts Large plants at fair prices. Many hard to find varieties Great customer service. Great companion plants. Located in Iowa. In the Country

3. Naylor Creek Large one or two eyed plantss. Many plants you simply can't get anywhere else. They always have the latest newest cultivars. Great customer service. Located in Washington State. Naylor Creek

4. Naylor Creek Large one or two eyed plants. Many plants you simply can't get anywhere else. They always have the latest newest cultivars. Great customer service. Located in Washington State. Naylor Creek

5. Mason Hollow Large one or two eyed plants, bare root, sometimes larger. They also have a very large inventory. Located in New Hampshire. Not many people know or use this nursery, but they are terrific.Mason Hollow

Local Hosta Specialty Nurseries in New England

Mason Hollow, as do all of the above online sources, sells locally as well as online.

1. Cochato Nursery, located in Holbrook, MA. Large inventory of many large plants. Spectacular display garden. It's not unusual to find plants for sale with 5 or more eyes.

Cochato Nursery

2. R. Seawright, located in Carlisle, MA. I have gotten my largest plants here. He will only be doing on site sales this year. No Internet sales. Known for the field grown daylillies that are spectacular.

R. Seawright

3. Fourth Generation Nursery, located in Mendon, MA. This is a wholesale place that grow their own Hosta. They are only open to the public a few days a year. The plants are enormous, at least a year or two ahead of what you can find elsewhere. Pretty near every cultivar they sell will have 6-10 eyes in the pots. Prices are fair for the kind of plants they sell.

Fourth Generation

The New England Hosta Society has a page of resources where you can find plants near to you if you live in NE. Here's the link.

NEHS recommended sources

If you don't live in NE find a Hosta Society near you and check out their list of recommended sources. Here is where you can find local societies.

Local Hosta Societies

I avoid most local nurseries. There are a few knowledgeable who I will trust. I avoid Big Box Stores. I don't like Hosta's Direct, because I think their plants are too small. However, their plants are healthy and they are a Dave's top 5 Hosta source.

Please post your favorite sources.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

steve likes naylor so much.. they are listed twice.. lol ...

what ever happened to bridgewood??


    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 1:16PM
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Let's see.
I am new at hosta, so have no great depth of experience to report. However, here are the sources of the plants I have:

1. Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina. Tony Avent's nurery. My original hosta orders were to them, because I've ordered other plants from them for many years now. The Tropicalesque Forum of GWeb mentions them favorably and that is how I found them. A great source of natives and companion plants, the hosta selection is fairly limited but great healthy plants, well packed and shipped is my personal experience. My older hosta came from here. They were shipped to Massachusetts, spent a whole winter there and up to their second year of dormancy, then woke up in south Alabama this spring, which will be their third year--leaping I'm hoping. His plant order consisted of: plantaginea, Dick Ward, Lederhosen, S&S, Brother Stefan, Eskimo Pie, and Faith. It seems the Faith was replaced by a NOID, which I'm now thinking is Satisfaction, which sometimes happens--my DH planted them and mixed up the tags.

2. Green Hill Farms, www.HostaHosta.com AKA Bob & Nancy Solberg...also North Carolina. First ordered from them online 8/31/2011 for delivery to Alabama. I was gone for a couple of months, never saw the hosta until after they were dormant at Thanksgiving when we returned to Alabama. That order was for Stained Glass, Victory, White Elephant, Beet Salad, & Curly Fries. Everything is up and growing this year and looking fine--with the exception of Stained Glass, which NEVER WENT DORMANT, and now is not showing any new growth. The Victory (2 plants) look fantastic, so do the others, love Beet Salad, one of Solberg's introductions.
Then, in January while the "sale" was going on, I ordered Emerald Charger, Doubled Up, Grape Fizz, Sugar Plum, and later added Candy Dish to the bunch. They arrived last week, with a bonus plant of Mango Salsa, which is gorgeous, with a note from Bob that he wants me to try growing it. I do not order online from them, what I do is call and talk to Nancy. I get good vibes from this connection, and I enjoy dealing with the Solbergs.

However, the selection is not as wide as my curiosity about hosta, so I will order from them if they have it, and make up an order elsewhere of the things they do not have. As for the plants themselves, all have been well packaged, long extensive bare roots, mostly undamage shoots or leaves, and healthy--very important.

3. Robert Seawright in Carlisle MA. I visited this garden which sells only hosta and daylilies, and was delighted to view his display garden of hosta under the big oak trees. Then I bought the left overs from his close-of-year sale, for half price, and was happy to do so. The choices I made went dormant in their pots up north and shipped via PODS south to Alabama, where they are growing beautifully without missing a beat. I got from him plantaginea, Fragrant Dream, Patriot, Royal Standard, Dream Queen, Fragrant Blue, and Lakeside Kaleidoscope. Steve says Seawright is only selling direct from his garden now, not shipping, but if you are in the area, please give him a call and see if he is open to visitors. My DH and I enjoyed visiting with the Seawrights, who moved to Carlisle from northern Mississippi, around Jackson.

4. Bridgewood Gardens.. first ordered in late 2011 but forget how I discovered them. I did not see the plants until after they went dormant. This order was Guacamole, Fried Bananas, Fried Green Tomatoes, and 2 Fragrant Bouquet. This spring they were late developing, I think due to the small size pots they remained in all winter. In March 2012 I again ordered--and received in late March--longissima, Angel From Montgomery, Golden Tiara, Sweet Bo Peep (a 1/2 pint), Second Wind, Invincible, Sugar Babe, Short Fat Fanny, Moonstruck, Purple Passion, Braveheart (the most expensive), and Squash Casserole. The fortunei hyacinthina is the one with sawfly issues, requiring my first use of insecticide--but not due to Bridgewood I'm sure. Braveheart is not growing quickly, but it is developing, Golden Tiara is a big surprise to me, it is cute as a button, now I like tiny plants with big personalities. Squash Casserole is really a lovely golden yellow color, and fits well with my other plantaginea family.

Bridgewood Plants were generally smaller than the others, and the ones I ordered had lower prices than the larger ones from other providers. No health problems with these.

5.Hallsons....first order 3/3/2012 received 3/27/2012
Adorable, Aphrodite, Fried Bananas, and a bonus Avocado.
Big surprise the Avocado, all plants healthy and my GAWD, the size of the root system!! I only ordered three plants, and he sent a bonus? Well packed for safe arrival. So I turned around and ordered again, 4/3/2012, which came 4/13.
Nightlife, Ultramarine, One Man's Treasure, and a bonus this time of--Alex Summers!! I also ordered Chris' HVX DVD.
I'm very pleased with Hallsons, their performance matches their unblemished reputation.

6. Naylor Creek out in Washington state. First order placed 3/5/2012 and received 3/15/2012 because Gary said the hosta were waking up. I placed the order by phone, very easy. Gary is a charming person. This order: Celtic Uplands, Diana Remembered, Fragrant Queen, Invincible Spirit, Jaws, Scallion Pancakes, Sharp Dressed Man. They arrived bare root and clean as a whistle, big fat eyes shooting a bit, and good enough to eat! My second order placed 4/2 by phone to Gary arrived 4/5/2012, just three days later due to timing. It was Minuteman, Red Dragon, Totally Twisted, Purple Boots, and Sweet Innocence. Slightly more emerged bare root plants arrived, and in perfect condition.

7. Hornbaker Gardens--first order 3/9 received 3/29/2012
Bitsy Gold, Glass Heart, Kinbotan, Faith, Holy Mole, Iron Gate Delight, The Razor's Edge, The Shining. Really some good plants that were eager to begin growing. I potted them and they are already filling up the new containers. I felt lucky so placed the second order 4/3 and received them 4/6/2012 and planted them right away. Chartreuse Wiggles, Little White Lines, Zounds, Tot Tot, Summer Fragrance, and Satisfaction. Those too were eager to grow, and were multiple eyes but very economical purchases. I'm happy with the Hornbaker variety and prices, they pack a little less carefully than some other places, but the plants are healthy and good sized.

8. Made In The Shade --3/9/ order received 3/28/2012 got Venus, Brother Stefan, Dancing Queen, clausa. Love the plants, all growing like champs, and I ordered more than I intended to go with Venus, sold out most other places. Venus had 2 broken small leaves, but the plant was otherwise in good shape, Dancing Queen was glowing from her spot in the box, absolutely gorgeous, and I was happy to have a small but good looking Bro Stefan. These potted nicely without wilting, and are in good shape. You place the order through PayPal, and it is simple to do.

9. AAHOSTAS.com ordered 4/5 and received 4/12/2012 unique ordering system with an EXCEL fillable form and PayPal, but it works. Had to be careful not to destroy the form though.
I got a Rainforest Sunrise, Ann Kulpa, Embroidery, Popo, Xanadu, yingeri, and a bonus Obsession. All cool on arrival, but a bit wrinkled of leaf. They soon straightened out and are looking fine in their containers. Xanadu is gorgeous, Rainforest Sunrise was the reason I decided to place the order since other places were sold out.

Two or three other places have not shipped yet, and I have no previous experience to report.
Those places are:
10. Land Of The Giants...ordered 3/2012
Venusta, So Sweet, Honeybells, Hypoleuca, Masquerade,
Irish Luck
11. Savory Gardens up in MN. ...ordered 4/4/2012
Dixie Queen, Grand Tiara, Kabitan, Lemon Lime, Marquis, Nakaiana, Pandora's Box, Ming Treasure, Quilting Bee, Tiny
Tears, venusta, Zuzu's Petals
12. Gardenbreeze from the First Look Auctions
and the hosta Afterglow from First Look...have no idea from whence these will arrive.

Longest post I ever wrote. Sorry.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 5:09PM
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This is the link to a separate thread but pertinent to this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Experience buying from.....

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 5:15PM
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chris-e(7 MD)

I am a big fan of Bridgewood Gardens, I think Moccasinlanding might have gotten the info from me. Their plants come in pots and are in the best shape when they arrive of anyplace I have ordered. They are in Virginia, near the Shennandoah Valley. I always go there first to see if they have something I want.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 5:37PM
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I found this one about experiences with online sellers dating from 2010. From the few I checked at the beginning, I recognized but two sources, and I recognized only ONE forum member name, Berndny.

But I like to tie things up fairly neatly, so here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: On-line sellers--experience with

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 8:34PM
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Yes, Chris, I think you might be right about getting the information from you. Very glad you read all that detail in my long post.

Gosh, I did not realize I'd spread my orders around that much. But Bridgewood was one of the first HOSTA places I ordered from.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 8:38PM
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chris-e(7 MD)

I just got an order of hosta and ferns from them today. Gorgeous plants! I can't wait to plant them, but I have no time until Saturday.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:48PM
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kskaren(z5 MO)

I also enjoy ordering from Bridgewood's Ugly Plant Sale in the fall. Plants are dirt cheap, and they aren't really all that ugly!

But my favorite, hands down, is Hallson's. Chris is over-the-top in his customer service!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:58PM
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I'll put a link to Cindy's thread about her visit to the greenhouse and grounds of Made In the Shade. Many pictures, and other information. There is a second part to this, might have to add that link later.

Picture is worth a thousand words.

Here is a link that might be useful: Made In The Shade visit + pictures

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 3:52PM
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The second part of Cindy's visit to the greenhouse and primarily small plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Made In The Shade = Part II

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 3:57PM
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The link below is to the discussion in 2012 about buying hosta from the big box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot.

Look there to see how hosta fans feel about them as a source of plants, and the experiences they have had.

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Box Store hosta problems

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 5:49PM
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bernd ny zone5

Moccasin, I do not really know why you mentioned my Forum name. Here is my experience with internet purchases :

Hallsons sent nice multi-eye plants and a freebee.
Naylor Creek also sent nice plants. When only smaller plants are available they sent 2 or 3 bunched together it seemed.
Land of the Giants sent divisions of larger plants, 1 or 2 eyes. I ordered 4 this year. They are in the north and ship late. I am also in the north.
Bridgewood, I bought a few plants in that Ugly plants sale, Satisfaction has 4 eyes now after 1 1/2 years, others are still 1 eye, but were inexpensive.
I also bought from general purpose nurseries which had a page of hostas in their catalog. They arrived small like 1 year TCs and I paid full price = no good.
Most of my hostas I bought at local nurseries and hosta society sales and had good luck with them. There I see what I buy, which gets you instant satisfaction.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 5:51PM
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Another thread asking if anyone has experience with them. Plus, a comment about the lack of a good list of plants sold. In Indiana.

Here is a link that might be useful: Geotz Farm Hosta ????

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 6:24PM
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nucci60(6 Ma.)

Steve in Mass., was there a reason for leaving out New Hampshire Hostas as a new england hosta nursery?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 11:36AM
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Hi, Nucci. Don't think he left it out. He put in the link to those area nurseries as RECOMMENDED BY THE NEHS. And New Hampshire Hostas is listed there.

If you have personal experience dealing with NHH, then here's the place to report it.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:25PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I just haven't made up my mind about NH Hostas, despite the fact that I have purchased a number of plants from them. I believe they do a lot of growing in greenhouses. This is because they ship fully leafed out plants at a surprisingly early date. Since the plants they sell are fully leafed out, they appear to be large when you receive them. But upon inspection most are one eyed plants, a few with two eyes. Their inventory is similar to most other nurseries. They keep up with what is new, but don't have anything rare or unusual.

They recommend that you plant their Hosta by leaving the potting soil on the plants and just popping them into the soil as is. They claim that this minimizes root disturbance. While that may be true, I just don't think this is a good idea. I think the plants should be planted in the native soil in which they will be expected to grow. As a result I end up bare rooting them and then planting in my own soil. It's just an extra step for me at planting time.

I would not ever buy another "starter" plant from them. These are just way too small and take far too long to get established. I bought a Maui Buttercups three years ago in this format and it still has one eye.

So how have their plants performed in my garden? Sort of metza-metz. Some have done well and others have stagnated. In the end, I think this is an OK place to buy Hosta, but it's far from my favorite.

I buy from them mostly when they have sales. Their sale prices are really low. Right now you can get Blue Mouse Ears for under $6 and Dawn's Early Light for $8.37. At that price you could buy two plants and plant them together for the same price you get one elsewhere. I did that with Silk Kimono last year and it worked out well. Do I think they are a top 5? No.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:35PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

I always seem to end up buying from AAhostas each year, at least once. His plants arrive in good condition and grow well for me. Everyone has had great results from Hallson's as well.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 7:25PM
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nucci60(6 Ma.)

I am only about 3 miles from New Hampshire Hostas, so I do not use them as a mail order nursery. Their grounds are always impeccable. I prefer not to wash the soil from a potted plant, but to "pop" them in the prepared ground.I have also had great luck with Hallson's and Casita AZul.I agree with Steve, you can't beat NHH's sale prices.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:17PM
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Wendys_garden(5b Great Lakes)

My favorite places to order online:

Northern Grown Perennials
Bentley Gardens

Have also ordered from Jim's Hostas & Casita Azul, plants were smaller than from the other listed nurseries, but plants were healthy & have grown well.
I have orders placed from Naylor Creek & In The Country Garden & Gifts, and since I haven't ordered from them before, can't really comment yet on those 2.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 10:36PM
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Bernd: "I do not really know why you mentioned my Forum name. ....."

I mentioned it in reference to your name being the only one I recognized as still frequenting the forum....referring to the thread in that post. Other forum members of 2010 posting then may have begun lurking or changed their online habits.

We all seem to have a special way of finding the plants we buy, and for me it is of necessity through online nurseries.
It would be great if a top rated hosta nursery was within comfortable driving distance, and open to the public regularly, but I'm just dreaming.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 11:13PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b


How big are the plants you get when you go to the nursery? I'm wondering if it's worth the trip. I plan to make a day trip to Mason Hollow and Hosta Amour later this Spring.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 7:16AM
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nucci60(6 Ma.)

Steve, they are nice size when I buy them. Comparable to Hallsons and bigger than the ebay sellers.They have a good website and usually have specials.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:15AM
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kskaren(z5 MO)

I ordered several of the sale hostas from NHH for the first time this year, and was pleasantly surprised with the size and health of the plants. I had mistakenly ordered Love Pat from another company as well (at this point, I'm trying to build my collection, not have duplicates), and was thrilled to find that the $6 plant from NHH was easily 4X the size of the $10 one from Naylor's.

Now, in light of what Steve said about initial size and growth rate, I'll be curious to see which one does better.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 10:43AM
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Streakedhosta.com experience

Here is a link that might be useful: Buying from StreakedHosta

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 7:12PM
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Steve, I am within a reasonable drive from NH hosta so have shopped there several times. Generally, the hosta you receive by mail or the same ones you would find if you went there in person...as you said, one or two eyes. I always scour the tables, looking for more than one eye. Mine have all done well in the garden, but it's not like getting a plant from Hallson's, IMO. They do have an assortment of hosta available in larger sizes, but those tend to be the more common ones that most of us already own, and the price goes up substantially with the size.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 6:29PM
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kalija(6 WNY)

Has anyone had experiance with Glenbrook Farm / Ten dollar Hostas? I saw their name in another thread here and they are not far from me - seem to have a lot of reasonable plants. I'm a newbie to mail order plants and to hostas as well. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 7:43PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I think that's Victoria Serafin's nursery in New York. I saw her at the convention. I kept getting in the way of her photo taking and she wasn't too happy with me. But I made up for it by purchasing two $10 Hosta from her. I bought Glory and LS Ninita. Both were good sized plants.

You can buy safely from her. That is if she has plants after the predicted frost tonight.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:30PM
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kalija(6 WNY)

Oooh I hope she doesn't get hit by the frost. I actually ordered some yesterday.....jump first and ask questions later - thats me! This up and down weather has been awfull hasn't it? I am protected some by the lake; no frost here. I hope everyone else comes through it ok. Anyway thanks for the info. All these threads make me anxious about what I am getting myself into!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:56PM
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I always purchased from Bridgewood, strayed a bit with Bluestone when they had 1/2 price sale-got three, just placed first order with Hallson today for three more. Ordered a three more from Bridgewood today because Hallson was sold out of Queen of the Sea and Stained Glass and threw in Sun Power. Thats it for this season. Went way over my limit. LOL Those should fill out my new spaces. Have to move Empress Wu and Komodo Dragon to the larger area and will put Queen of the sea and Stained Glass in place of them.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 11:29PM
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paula_b_gardener 5b_ON(5b)

Somehow I discovered Bridgewood Gardens today when I was searching for Hosta Gardens (I was looking for garden pics). The website is so funny, I kept reading because it was so amusing.
I came back here to Gardenweb to check that the hosta peeps were aware of it and sure enough, I found this thread. Great website. :) Unfortunately I cannot order from them as I live in Canada but I enjoyed the read just the same.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 1:51AM
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For those of us in Canada ...

I prefer to buy hostas potted and leafed out as opposed to bare root - probably because my experiences with shipping have not always been good.

In the Ottawa Valley there are a number of hosta specialists but in particular I like Budd's Garden Centre http://buddgardens.com/plants.html and the Rideau Woodland Ramble http://www.rideauwoodlandramble.com/

These are not the low priced dealers but they offer quality plants, some unusual cultivars and excellent knowledgeable service.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 8:12AM
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We travel a lot in southern michigan, and find most all are good, and especially like K Gardens just south of Grand Rapids.

We so often find HVX problems at the big box stores such as Home Depot, Meijer, and so forth that we look but seldom consider buying there.

As a note, we find that these Big Box Stores are getting their plants from, mostly, greenhouse wholesalers from SW Michigan suppliers, so perhaps this problem has a wider, from a compass viewpoint, area ???


    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 10:55PM
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Both local specialty nurseries who do not ship; owners very knowledgeable, personable, and helpful!
Central OH: Amity Farm Hosta www.amityfarm.com/
South-Central OH: Cory's Wildflowers coryshostagardens.com/

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b


Do you know who those greenhouse wholesalers are?


    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 2:33PM
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A great thread created by Steve; Since it's Hosta-buying time again, why not bump it back up? Great advice is great advice, no matter when posted. Thanks to Steve.

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 4:15AM
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I've just bought several hosta plants from Hallson's. As others have said, the plants came carefully wrapped, with lots of roots and 6 or so leaves plus a bonus plant. They contacted me to make sure they'd understood my directions on when to ship. I definitely recommend them.

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bernd ny zone5

I also buy hostas from Glenbrook Farm in upstate NY, close to where I live. They ship reasonably prized large plants with good roots.

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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

I don't see Sebright Gardens on this list. They are a great source, always large divisions, sometimes larger than any other source and I shop all of the major ones. They also carry some of the older, hard to find varieties. We can't forget them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sebright Gardens

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bkay2000(8a TX)

Didn't ZKathy get some nematodes from Sebright this year?


This post was edited by bkay2000 on Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 17:17

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zkathy(7a NC)

I did discard a Vanilla Cream that Sebright delivered May 14th of this year after it showed signs of nematode infection. It was in a pot sunk into the ground. So far I have no other evidence of nematodes in my garden.

The other hostas I got from Sebright - Valerie's Vanity, Midnight Sun, Piedmont Gold and Surprised by Joy - are showing no evidence of nematodes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to thread

This post was edited by zkathy on Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 22:40

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bragu_DSM 5

Mocc: [chuckles]

and I got a bonus obsession.

Does not that sum up the passion for hosta?

[chortles quite loudly]


    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 1:24PM
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bkay2000(8a TX)

This one is worth bumping this time of year.


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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

I don't see Wade & Gatton listed, yet I remember someone posting pics of the Hostas they received from them either last year or the year before and the divisions looked HUGE. Anyone have any input on them?

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bkay2000(8a TX)

Mocc has bought a lot from them. Maybe she will comment.

I think you buy by the eye. The more eyes, the more you pay.

They are famous for the number of different hosta they have. They have many older varieties that no one else has.


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Pearl Barkman

hostatakeover......I buy direct from Wade and Gatton, not mail order so I don't know what size plants they ship out. Fortunately I live about an hour from them so they are the best source for me here in Ohio.

I have been very happy with their hostas. They do charge extra for eyes over two. If they have more they will split them for you. They don't always have the newest hostas but they do have a huge selection!

These are all from Wade and Gatton with the exception of Stiletto. They are all one or two eyes.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2015 at 8:01PM
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I need to amend the statement that there was NO hosta nursery within driving distance of me.
Well, if you consider the drive from Mobile to Birmingham "within driving distance" as I have been known to drive greater distances than THAT mere 250 miles one way. Pffffft. Nothing.

So I have HOSTAS ON THE HILL, in Leeds, Alabama, a mere trifle east of I-65 at Birmingham.
Judy Feldman, the owner, has her nursery at her residence. She has a website and is active in Dixie Regional Hosta, as well as AHS. Within the state, I believe she can ship. Out of state, I am not sure, I guess it would depend........I received my 2 orders via USPS Priority Mail. However, this year, I plan to be up her way for a couple of days, and want the pleasure of actually LOOKING at the very plant I choose to take home with me! That has to be a thrill for you too, I bet, BKay? And to see a real display garden in early spring, in my area, how do hostas grow for other people--down here, I mean......of course, Birmingham is a whole number zone cooler than we are, but that's as good as it gets for a local nursery specializing in hostas.

I notice the Dixie Regional list of hosta nurseries includes one other hosta nursery in Alabama, up in Huntsville. If I'd known that last August, I'd have skipped the Space Museum and gone straight to look at hostas.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2015 at 8:47PM
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imagooch Z6a SW ON(zone 6a Chatham ON)

Most of the ones I have are from shades of green and hosta choice. Both in SW ontario. Both have lots of choice. I like shades of green's website as they have the pictures as well as a description. Plants are good size and healthy.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2015 at 8:55PM
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tsbccowboy(Minnesota zone 4B)

Northern Grown Perennials has free shipping on orders placed in March, 2015.

I ordered Hostas from them in 2013 and they sent really nice plants.

2013 order from Northern Grown Perennials.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2015 at 5:50AM
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bernd ny zone5

Over the last 6 years I received nice plants from Land of the Giants (Jeff Miller), Hallsons, Naylor Creek, Glenbrook Farm (@ glenbrookplants,com), Green Mountain Hosta Nursery and Green Hill Farm (Bob Solberg). I only had good quality and healthy plants from those, all are still growing beautifully around my house.


    Bookmark   March 20, 2015 at 6:04AM
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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

Thank you, Pearl. Wow, that batch of Hostas are fantastic. Great array of form and color! I've never ordered from Wade and Gatton before and I like to try EVERY mail order Hosta I find, so I placed a sizable order (for me) with them last month.

Naylor Creek and Land of the Giants are renowned for shipping nicely sized Hostas.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2015 at 8:33AM
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zone7patti (7b)(z7 Central MD)

Bridgewood has become my go-to hosta seller. If I'm not picking something up in the neighborhood swap, I go to Bridgewood (which is close enough to my home and zone). I got an email last week that 2015 spring shipping is starting (to points south of me). The 'ugly plant sale' always has something I can't live without. I also like that he deliberately sells 1 eye plants; I use to infill my hosta plots.

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