Hostas forum: Looking for free or super-cheap hostas

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liltexasgal
Mar 9, 2012 9:30 PM CST
I have been looking for super-cheap hostas or some that are overgrown or in the way. I am more than willing to pay shipping charges. I enjoy sharing seeds and plants with elderly ladies and have been known to do landscape projects for them as well. I'm hoping that some of my good-heartedness may payoff a little with this post. Smiling I have some seeds, bulbs and tubers of various flowers I can trade if desired.

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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Hi liltexasgal!

Usually someone has a hosta swap that is fun to participate in!! I may have some generics to split this spring but being in MN, they havent poked thru at all yet!! I will know more in about mid May! Big Grin
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 1, 2012 8:32 AM CST
Just be careful as the cheapest ones out there may be full of HVX.
Ann

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Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
May 8, 2012 9:32 AM CST
Ann, what is HVX?
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
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
May 8, 2012 10:59 AM CST
Leslie - get thee to Google. If you are growing hostas and don't know about HVX (or Hosta Virus X), you really need to educate yourself.
It is a virus which seems to be specific to hostas. The insidious thing is that it can be in a plant and not show symptoms for several years, or in some cases, ever. And if you don't sterilize your tools when you go from plant to plant, you can spread it. Most reputable hosta nurseries are now testing for the virus and very fussy about where their stock comes from, but if you've purchased from box stores, you may have bought virused plants.

Check http://www.inthecountrygardenandgifts.com/articles/hosta_vir... which has symptoms and some pictures

The Hosta Library pages are some of the better ones - http://www.hostalibrary.org/firstlook/HVX.htm

Google it and you'll find more. Join the Hallson list and there's a whole forum about HVX.

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: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
Daylilies Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Container Gardener Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hostas
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LALAMBCHOP
May 8, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Thank you so much Ann. I will learn about it.

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