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Re: Treating shipped Hosta

  • Subject: Re: Treating shipped Hosta
  • From: "Ron Crawford" <rdcrwfrd@ican.net>
  • Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 15:06:52 -0400

Hi Joe

My husband and I own a small mail-order nursery about 50 miles north-west of
Toronto.  We specialize in hostas and daylilies.  We always ship our hostas
when they are dormant.  We ship them in plastic bags just as you described.
This will be our last week-end of shipping because some of them are starting
to show too much growth and by the time the customer gets them the leaves
would be squished otherwise.  Doesn't make for good customer relations.

In regard to shipping daylilies, we wrap them in moist paper towels, with
newspaper on the top and bottom of the box.  So far, no complaints.

We have learned both systems trough trial and error both as a shipper and a

Diane Crawford
Crescent Nursery

> I have a really general question regards shipping hostas.  For some
> reason hosta people wait until the plants are in full leaf to ship
> them, and then send them with all the leaves attached.  Of course the
> leaves are likely to be wilted somewhat.  Why do hosta people way so
> long before shipping hostas?
> Hostas are very durable plants and can take a lot of mishandling, and
> they can get quite dry.  The first question is why not ship hostas
> earlier in the season when they are still dormant - just put the roots
> and crowns in a plastic bag with some slightly moist peat moss or wood
> shaving?  The second question, if you do wait until the hostas are
> fully leafed out, why not just cut off the leaves.  I talked to one
> commerical wholesale nursery and they said they buy hostas in the
> middle of the summer from a particular person and he just cuts off all
> the leaves.  They pot them up and a few weeks later the new leaves are
> looking as nice as ever.
> I am also convinced that many people who sell plants of all kinds do
> not know how to ship plants.  I've received daylily plants where the
> grower literally threw them into a box - what a mess.  To say the
> least I do not buy plants from that person any more.
> Joe Halinar
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