Hostas forum: Which growers would you recommend?

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 18, 2015 2:51 PM CST
There is so many websites, I do not know where to start. I have heard of Naylors and Green Hills. What do you think of them? Any suggestions will be great.

Teresa
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 18, 2015 4:14 PM CST
Love Naylor Creek! They send beautiful plants. You can also check them out on the hosta library auction site. They sell there regularly.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 18, 2015 4:21 PM CST
Oh, good, thank you, Rose. I was hoping you would give a good reference.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Jul 18, 2015 9:18 PM CST

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Green Hills is Bob and Nancy Solberg's hosta farm. Bob is a noted hybridizer and was this years host of the AHS National Convention. You'd get good hosta from him.

Diann
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 18, 2015 9:53 PM CST
Thank you, I sure didn't know that. I do recognize the Solberg name.
Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Jul 25, 2015 6:16 AM CST
The three nurseries where I buy hostas are Green Hill, Naylor Creek, and Savory Gardens. Never, never buy a hosta from any of the "big box" stores. There is too much risk of getting hosta nematodes or hosta virus x. From what I understand, once you have an infection of either, forget about growing hostas. Maybe I am exaggerating, but it is a risk I don't want to take!
Savory Gardens was started by Bob Savory, noted hybridizer whose best known hosta is probably 'Golden Tiara'. I have added several hostas recently hybridized by his son, Dennis, also a very talented hybridizer.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 25, 2015 6:20 AM CST
I have a new member voucher and will look and see if they are on the list.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 28, 2015 8:28 AM CST
If I understand correctly, nematodes are not just on hostas, but brought into our gardens by several different plants. I'm guilty of purchasing companion plants at big box stores and small town nurseries. I've read that nematodes will not harm your plant or its growth. It will make the leaves look sick in the late summer, but won't kill the plants. Now HVX is a whole different story! I've had two plants infected with HVX in the past and destroyed them as soon as I saw it. I was fortunate that they were both still in pots waiting for that perfect spot in my gardens...turns out the perfect spot was the garbage can!
Name: MstrPBK
ST. Paul, MN USA (Zone 4a)
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MstrPBK
Jul 28, 2015 1:35 PM CST
My own stupid opinion: Definately NOT House of Wesley at this point.

Peter Kelley
St. Paul, MN USA
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 30, 2015 5:24 AM CST
Thanks, I never heard of them. Maybe that is just as well.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 7, 2015 2:41 AM CST
Well, it is September and I had better get my order in somewhere. I am wanting to revamp part of my sitting garden. It has a maple shade tree to the left and a old apple tree to the right. How close can I plant to the maple? Do I need to make a raised bed?
Now I have a couple hosta there a limelight and some sedums, tiger lilies where it get the most sun. I will really need to add compost because of the poor quality of soil there. Excited about making it look better for next season.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Sep 10, 2015 11:26 AM CST

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Maples are horrible to plant under. They tend to have a really dense root system that chokes everything out. You would have to put some sort of barrier down over the area you want to plant in and build a raised bed. I'm still not sure it would keep the maple in check.
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Sep 10, 2015 4:33 PM CST
Teresa, I recommend that you buy hostas from me. And I suggest that the best time to plant them is in May or June.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Oct 25, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Teresa,
I've bought reliably from:

- Green Mountain Hosta (https://www.GreenMountainHosta.com/)

- Hostas Direct (https://www.HostasDirect.com/)

- NHHostas (http://www.NHHostas.com/)

- The Hosta Farm (http://TheHostaFarm.com/)


Rck
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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Oct 30, 2015 5:48 PM CST

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In the Country Garden and Gifts is another great place to get hosta from. http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/ Josh and Sue are super people. Smiling
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Nov 1, 2015 3:26 PM CST
I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Hallson Gardens. http://www.perennialnursery.com/

Chris, one of the owners, is one of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to HVX. I've not been able to purchase from them as I live in Canada, but I've seen postings of the size of plant people have received and it's generous. BTW, Chris also runs a garden chat list which has a number of people who know a lot about hostas participating.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Nov 1, 2015 5:43 PM CST

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Ann is correct, Hallson's sends nice stuff and Chris is quite knowledgeable. Thanks Ann for mentioning Hallson's. Smiling
albany,ny (Zone 5a)
pitcherell
Jan 20, 2016 10:42 AM CST
i have had very good luck with gilbert wilde for haostas and daylilies. small size but have good roots and very inexpensive. i order from them every year and always satisfied. cant wait for summer to come and post pictures .
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
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ViolaAnn
Jan 20, 2016 10:58 PM CST
Welcome to pitcherell. Please tell us about your garden.
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
albany,ny (Zone 5a)
pitcherell
Jan 21, 2016 7:14 AM CST
hi thanks for the welcome. we are in our new house 5 years now. its mostly sunny to part shade as opposed to mostly shady at old house. have as many hosta as i can but its difficult. the new shrubs and dwarf trees need to grow some more for extra shade but i do have komodo dragon, earth angel, sagae, parphlion, lovepat, patriot, spilt milk, queen of the seas, krossa regal, red october, neptune, bridal falls, brother stephan, lakeside cupcake,queen josephine, samurai, lemontini, and some noids that had their tags lost. also lots of perennials. i guess i went wild when i retired. cant wait to get more plants!! oh forgot starter size first frost, blue ivory, northern exposure waiting in the garage. also a baby japanese maple and a 4t. rose standard that i got on clearance this fall are in there too. i subscribe to enablers are us. oops forgot the ones preordered for spring!

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