Hostas forum: Prepping Hostas for Trading or Sale Transactions

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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 24, 2017 9:18 PM CST
Hello Fellow Gardeners!

I am wondering if the prep work for Hosta, for the purpose of mailing or in person transactions, is much the same as prepping a daylily? Bare root, cleaned of all dirt, sterilized, and trimmed foliage, etc.?

Thanks a Bunch!!
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Apr 24, 2017 11:17 PM CST
I don't trim the foliage when I ship hosta. I wrap the roots in a wet paper towel, and seal in a plastic bag. Then I dampen some newspaper and wrap the whole plant.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 25, 2017 9:01 AM CST
Dana, how do you "sterilize" the plants?
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 25, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Bev, for daylilies, soaking the root system in an EXTREMELY weak, diluted solution of water and bleach. Just a half a drop! Or thereabouts...for cautionary reasons, even though only healthy, non-diseased specimens exchange hands, and the gardens are disease free. I have three healthy clumps of hosta in this solution, and they are doing just fine, so the sterilizing question is answered. Smiling

So, I'm meeting a local hosta buyer, tomorrow. I am just not sure whether to trim the foliage back slightly, to give the roots a chance to use their energy on establishing in the soil? It's done for daylilies, when transplanting, selling and shipping them.

Here's an example. These three daylilies were near casualties, when one of our trees was being cut down. So, after the tree was gone, I dug them up out of that garden and trimmed the foliage, potted them up to be transplanted back in the same location, after it's prepared with amended soil and a new Alberta Spruce goes in. Note to self, dig up and save the precious babies before the tree guy shows up! D'Oh! D'Oh!

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Pandora
Apr 26, 2017 7:49 PM CST
I would not trim the foliage of a hosta when trading.

I know it is done for iris and daylilies.
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 29, 2017 9:14 PM CST
@Pandora Thank you! Thank You!
The deal fell through, the other day. I haven't trimmed any foliage, and they'll be potted up in the next day or so. Thumbs up

Thanks again! I tip my hat to you.
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Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then you should ALWAYS be Batman! - Unknown
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