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old_dirt(5b)November 11, 2013

I am planning to make a couple mail orders this winter. Do the mail order companies ship at a requested time or at their own time?

If they ship at my requested time, when would you recommend to have them shipped to zone 5? I would like to plant them in the ground at the earliest possible time.

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Most will ship on the date of your request. If you want to put them in the ground right away, then have them shipped after your last frost date. You will have to look that up locally. For me it's May 15. It might be Memorial Day or later for you. That date is usually available through a county or state extension service.

BTW, you can always store Hostas in water. Look at the picture below. This is how plants are displayed for sale in China. Notice that the roots are in water, but the crown is not.

Steve

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 5:24PM
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jan_on zone 5b

What a fascinating way to sell plants. I wonder why they do that?
Jan

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 6:57PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if you order from say... naylor.. in z8 PNW .... and ask for early delivery.. they will send them in Feb or march..

what do you plan to do in MI .. pick ax that permafrost to plant them ???

also.. if you waited til ground thaw around 4/1 .. sticking a z8 plant in cold soil.. MIGHT lead to rot ...

order them for around 4/1 and have pots waiting.. and keep them in the garage ....

they can go in the ground 6/1 .... after all FROST/FREEZE POTENTIAL IS GONE IN MI...

ken

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 7:05PM
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