Identify Disease Free Nurseries

Obar(5b)May 30, 2012

How can I tell if a nursery tests for diseases and is guarenteed disease free?

While I've been gardening for a couple years, I've only recenlty discovered the huge varieties of hostas available! And HVX. I'm starting a shade bed that will be mostly hostas. The handful I bought from big box stores luckily stayed in their pot and were easily returned. Now I need to find some reliable sources.

Other posts indicate Hallson. So much is already out of stock. How about Land of the Giants Hosta Farm? At the bottom of their home page is a link to their health certificate... but I don't understand what it means. Land of the Giants is HUGE. And they're in my state! I can drive there!

Thanks for any insight!

Nikki

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Babka NorCal 9b

Here you go. Click on the Link below.

-Babka

Here is a link that might be useful: Where to buy Hostas

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 11:08PM
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buckeye15(No OH)

I just talked to Chris at Hallson's about ordering. He is getting ready to redo availability and add a lot back in. If there are some you are interested in, email him and he can tell you if he has any nice ones.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 6:09AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I think Hallson's like a lot of us, and many other nurseries, suffered a lot from frost damage this Spring. Take a look at this pic of Spartacus.

You can see a little frost damage in a leaf on the left hand side. There were a few more leaves that were removed. But it's still a beautiful plant for one that arrived a few weeks ago. Chris, without my asking, reduced the price of this plant (and one other) to half! Most other places would have charged full price for a plant that looks that good. That's the kind of integrity you are dealing with in Hallson's.

Email him. He's not going to sell you anything you won't be satisfied with.

Steve

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 6:28AM
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Obar(5b)

Thanks! I did read the posts from the link... and there was a link in that one too. I think I will try Hallson's. And thanks for posting a pic. There are so many hostas to choose from it is hard to go through them all an narrow down. Seeing what other people like really helps.

Am I buying kind of late in the season?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 7:56AM
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trudy_gw

We have been to Land of the Giants. Awesome nursery with huge hostas!

Jeff has many one of a kind hosta seedlings in his gardens.

Jeff has been a speaker at many hosta events, such as Hosta Collage, Winter Scientific Meeting and has spoken at many hosta clubs.

If it was in our state, we would be visiting often!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:05AM
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Eleven(Metro Detroit 6A)

Late is the season is when you see hosta clearance or super sales in July and August =) You have plenty of time!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:06AM
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buckeye15(No OH)

Kind of late in the season is when the ground is too frozen to dig the hole.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:47AM
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