How To Ship Hostas?

triciae(Zone 7 Coastal SE CT)June 1, 2007

I'm sending 3 large 'Sum & Substance' hostas in a trade. I've never done this before. How do I prepare the hostas for shipping? My plan is to dig, wash off all of the dirt, allow to air dry a bit, wrap in damp newspaper, & pack.

What I'm unsure of is whether I should cut off the leaves? The leaves, obviously on 'S&S' are large. Best to remove them?

Oh, I'm shipping 2-Day Air from CT to MA. Our weather forecast for the next few days is mid to upper-70's.

Many thanks,


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

there is a picture of packing at the post linked below ..

i wouldnt let them dry at all ...

2 day air from connectadot to massachewsitz?????? only if you have extra money ... try to get them to the post office by shipping time today ... they will be fine.... when they type in the zip code.. they can tell you delivery date .... make decision then ...

WRITE ON TH BOX TO LEAVE IT IN SHADE, presuming the rcpient will not be home .....

the PO offer free shipping containers.. per the picture ....


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 7:54AM
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Wrap the roots & crown in wet paper towels, then put a plastic bag around the wrapped portion. A detailed link is below.

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    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 8:01AM
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Hey Tricia!

Yep - ken is correct. Don't dry them at all. I dig, wash, wrap in damp paper towels or newspaper, then plastic wrap or bags. Put the whole thing on a sheet of newspaper and roll like a sub sandwich. That will protect the leaves a bit. Yes, I know they are huge, but as long as the "stems" can carry water to the leaf then I think it is a benefit.

Place in a box and ship Priority on a MOn/Tues. THey should be there by Wed/Thurs.


    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 8:27AM
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triciae(Zone 7 Coastal SE CT)

So glad I brought my questions here...I would have let the roots dry a bit (sorta like iris).

My many thanks!


    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 9:09AM
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Don't cut the leaves off!


    Bookmark   June 1, 2007 at 9:29AM
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I agree with Char, don't cut the leaves. After you wrap the roots in wet paper towels, tucked into a plastic bag and wrap with an elastic to hold it all together. Pull out newspaper (larger than Hosta). Arrange leaves so they lay on one another and loosely wrap in newspaper. Helps to hold the leaves in place and helps keep the plant from being damaged in shipping. Add extra newspaer gently rolled to fill extra space in the box. Should arrive looking good. Everything I shipped with year arrived in two days regular mail.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 10:56AM
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