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New Hostas 2024

Are your hosta orders coming in yet? It might be useful to share our experiences with different vendors and fun to see (or hear) what everyone’s adding to their hosta collection. Also, getting any new ones from local nurseries counts, too.

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  • last month
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    I received my order from Hornbakers on April 19th. It’s a little sooner than I’m ready for because a lot of my hostas aren’t showing yet, and I need to see where they all are before I add more! But it's not a problem.

    They arrived in good shape, the roots wrapped in plastic. I think they're all good size. Apologies that my hands were too dirty to take a pic of the roots. I potted them up and put them in a protected area under my deck.

    In order is….. Grand Prize, Brentwood Blues, Midnight Oil, and Wrinkle in Time.


    Grand Prize, Midnight Oil, Brentwood Blues, Wrinkle in Time


    And they sent some paperwork that explained what I was wondering was on the leaves from the hostas I got from Hornbakers last fall, end of summer, really. This is what they wrote, "It is sometimes difficult to ship perfect looking hostas in the middle of the summer. We do a lot of overhead watering from our well, and that can result in some mineral residue on the leaves." So that's what I was seeing last year that wouldn't wash off. I knew it wasn't anything harmful, just a mystery that's now solved.

    Hope Springs Eternal from last fall, end of summer.


  • last month

    I've kind of gone over the top in acquiring new hosta this spring. I lost a bunch last year, as we had a really hot, dry summer.

    I bought one of my all time favorites - Paul's Glory. I'd had one years ago that I enjoyed immensely. It was right in front of the swing where my late spouse and I use to enjoy an afternoon toddy.

    Like Paul's Glory, most are old time favorites that I've had before. I've acquired a Guacamole, a Dream Queen, Night before Christmas, Fantabulous, Elegans, Stained Glass, Devon Green and Royal Standard.

    I'm hoping these won't be very picky.

    bkay

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  • last month

    Hornbakers is my favorite vendor! They send very large well grown hostas. I have a large order with them this year. Yours look in great shape. I request a later delivery date with them usually to bypass any chance of frost.

    debra

    debra

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  • last month

    I will be drooling watching your goodies. I ordered nothing.

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    Bkay, I’m in a similar situation where I had a couple of bad years in the garden and am rebuilding some of my losses. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse and afternoon toddy partner. I hope your new Paul’s Glory will bring as much joy as your last one did. You have a list of good hostas coming.

    Debra, you are the reason I checked out Hornbakers. I’ve been happy with my hosta purchases so far. I can’t remember if this is my second or third order from them.

    Lindalana, you must have great restraint! 😊 The hosta alphabet always leaves me wanting so many of what I see there.

  • last month

    Thanks for the heads up on Hornbakers.

    bkay

  • last month

    Debra and Sandyslopes, I visited Horbakers few years back with NIHS bus trip, it was a lot of fun.

    Sandy, those look like nice plants!

    Last year I seen someone mentioned hosta Kiwi Milky way that they got at Horbakers but it was not on their website when I looked. So I emailed them and they took care of me, found me what I wanted and I got couple of others too. Nice way of doing business.

    Bkay, how are you dealing with potential of Paul's Glory being infected? I am hesitant to order anything that has high HVX rate.

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  • last month

    I bought just one new hosta this year, a large Cathedral Windows from Plant Delights.

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  • last month

    This is the Hornbaker order after about ten days in the pots. Doing well!


    April 29, I received my second order of hostas from New Hampshire Hostas. Once again, I did not specify when I would like my order. They came by USPS in a long, triangular box. This way of packing meant the longer leaves were not bent or crumpled. The roots wrapped in damp newspaper, plastic, and a rubber band. All in good shape.


    Dinner Mint, Pin-Up, Wildest Dreams


    Hotshot, Love Story, Broadway


    I potted them up and put them under the deck with my first order.


    A couple weeks after I potted them, I noticed they weren't doing that well in the pots with some yellowing leaves and edges. But I blame the fact that I didn't amend the potting mix for better drainage, like I did with the first order. I knew they wouldn’t be in the pots for too long, so I got a little lazy.

    Hopefully, all will be well, and as of today 5/13, I have them all in the ground!

  • last month

    I shopped at the local hosta society's sale this past weekend. I went with a wish list, found two from the list, and purchased a total of eight hostas.



    Clockwise from 12:00, these are Ice Cream, Voices in the Wind, Runt, Church Mouse, Pandora's Box, Ladybug, Silly String, and Wrinkle in Time.


    And, since I found so few from my wish list, I came home and immediately placed an online order for six more hostas plus a fern.

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    LL, I wasn't aware that Paul's Glory had a reputation for HVX. That's a shame. It's such a great hosta.

    The only hosta I've ever had with HVX is Royal Standard. It was from a local grower. I bought it in the summer. HVX showed up the next spring. I won't buy any plant they grow now. I always ask about the grower now when I am in a locally owned nursery.

    Fortunately, I only grow in pots, so it's not a huge problem for me. I will be careful with my tools. Thanks for the heads up.

    bkay

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  • last month

    Here’s what I have received so far:
    NEw Hampshire Hostas: Chinese Sunrise, Gemstone, Broadway, Hans, Ayesha
    Hornbakers: Cup of Grace, 2 Royal Tiaras, Voices in the Wind, White Bikini, White Christmas and Time in a Bottle (coming), Bridegroom, Warwick Comet. Still have more coming! 😳

    debra

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  • last month

    Obviously, not in that order. GG, happy to see those hostas from Mason Hollow ….. ordered Valleys Love Birds from them.

    debra

  • last month

    I’m happy to see so many of you getting your orders!

    Ben, a local hosta society’s sale is a good thing! I looked up your haul on the HL, and Voices in the Wind speaks to me with that very ruffled edge. You found a lot of good ones and more coming. Yay!

    Indianagg, those look nice and what great roots! I’ll have to put Mason Hollow on my list.

    Debra, you went all out and are getting a lot of hostas this year. I’m curious what is the big green one in the blue pot? Is it Cup of Grace?


  • last month

    Sandyslopes, yes the big one is Cup Of Grace. I also got my Hosta Store order today:

    LS Cupcake, White Feather and Valleys Rodeo


    debra

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  • last month

    Older varieties but new to me, to accentuate the new pots.

    Liberty & Autumn Frost



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  • last month

    I've grown Paul's Glory for over 20 years and never had any sign of a virus. However, it's an older cultivar and when produced by large growers it could easily carry a virus. I usually buy from reputable growers and skip the big box stores, etc. and random sales by people from their homes. (Lots of people sell perennials in my area out of their yards.) I've seen plenty of problem plants while buying bags of soil and mulch at HD.

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  • last month

    Old_dirt, your ew garden looks wonderful! Your blue pots set off the hostas well.

    I bought many multi-colored pots and some solids as well. Your arrangement is so creative….. have a tendency to place things willy nilly hoping that it will all come together. lol, lol

    debra

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  • last month

    Oh, your hauls look so good! Ben, that dome good hosta society sale!

    Old dirt, am a sucker for deep blue pots, are they plastic or ceramic?

    Sandy I see you got Hotshot, I am a big fan of Dan Wols hostas. Hotshot is truly aptly named.

    I gave up and ordered couple of hostas from Mason Hollow, Sue is always so easy to deal with. Also ordered from Brian White, he had Sunflower smiles hosta from Dan Wols which I do not have yet.

    I will be on Jade cascade third try. But have yo say it was my own neglect, so this one will go in the ground.

    But most I need to deal with my seedlings mess. They got hit by frost and I am figuring unable to cull some for the plant swap tomorrow.




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  • 19 days ago

    I just received my order from Sebright Gardens.



    From left to right, Bridal Falls, Hudson Bay, Inniswood, Dream Weaver, Ripple Effect, White Dove, and Jurassic Gold Wood Fern.


    I'm pleased with the order and impressed by the size of the plants. Bridal Falls is so big it's almost intimidating; I might start calling it Audrey.


    Our ground is too wet for planting right now. I potted up a couple, and the rest are heeled in under some mulch for another day or two.

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  • 19 days ago

    Nice order, Ben. The roots all look good! I like how you lined them up according to their size. Audrey made me lol! 😊

    I’m waiting on an order of four more from Sebright, too. Hopefully, this week!

  • 18 days ago

    Absolutely love Sebright. The plants always arrive in superb condition, the packing is simply wonderful (the plants always arrive hydrated) and the roots are always fabulous. Have to place my order today. I have Dream Weaver and Hudson Bay, none of the others. We have been watering since we get some misty rain and fog which do nothing for the plants.

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  • 13 days ago

    My Sebright order arrived on the first Friday in June. This was the only order I asked for a delivery date. The hostas came in the long, triangular packaging by USPS, so the leaves are in great shape. I put them in vases and left them in the kitchen overnight until I could plant them the next day.



    Roots look good. I made a separate post asking about that one oddity (to me) on Hampshire County. But I’m happy with how they all look.

    May and Ooh la la


    Hampshire County and Cream Topping


    So I think I'm done buying hostas for a while. All the orders came in good condition. Now let's see how they grow!

  • 10 days ago

    Here’s my last host order from Uniquely Hostas:


    Left to right: Teq Tequila Sunrise, Riviera Sunset, Mighty Mouse, VallValleys Chute-the-Chute and Stained Glass. I will put the small ones in pots to start them off to gain some size before planting in the ground.


    debra

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  • 9 days ago

    debra, did you mean to post pictures, too? Uniquely Hostas is not one I've tried yet.

  • 8 days ago

    My mother-in-law and I share our love of gardening, and our birthdays are 1 week apart. So, I bought us some real beauties from Hostas-Store this week. Scheherazade (2), Long Tail Lights, Valley’s Lemon Squash, Funky Monkey, Cup of Joy, Skywriter, Snake Eyes, Tick Tock, Unruly Child, Gypsy Rose, and Tokudama Flavicircinalis

    Time to celebrate!

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  • 8 days ago

    Underthegardenoaks, happy birthday! That’s a great haul! A lot of unique hostas that I’ve never heard of. Thanks for showing them to us. ….And how fun to be able to share your love of gardening with your mother-in-law!

    Have you gotten hostas from Hostas-Store before, or is this a first?

    Now that Hallson and Naylor Creek are both gone, (my previous “go to” nurseries) I’m glad to be finding out about a lot more places to order from!

  • 8 days ago

    I have purchased from Hostas-store a lot over the past 4-5 years. Their stuff is usually quite good, though this batch was particularly fine!

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  • 8 days ago

    Hi Sandyslopes, I have purchased from Uniquely Hostas, once before I believe. I will take pics tomorrow.
    I got side tracked… funny, my birthday was today…. lots of Geminis here.

    My favorite vendor is Hornbakers, but if I am looking for something specific, I sometimes have to look elsewhere. I have ordered from the hosta store too and they also have great plants.

    debra

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  • 8 days ago

    Happy Birthday debra :-)

  • 7 days ago

    Happy birthday, Debra!

  • 7 days ago

    I am not sure what happhappened to the pictures I thought I did post. So here are the hostas planted:







    They came in a triangular shaped box with roots in moist paper towels and a plastic bag with rubber band around. They were in good condition.

    Here’s the pic that didn’t send before.



    debra

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  • 7 days ago

    Happy planting, utog. I hope the heat is not moving your way.

    Happy birthday, debra! I hope you’re having a good one! ...Another Gemini here, mine was a couple of weeks ago. Your new hostas look like they’re off to a good start.

  • 7 days ago
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    Hey Debra, Happy Birthday! And many more of them!

    These are my most recent additions. One of our largest Canadian mail-order plant suppliers (Vesey's) was having their seasonal spring clear-out sale and I couldn't resist. They're shipped bare root and bagged in peatmoss and I've had good luck with them over the years. We have 'Sunny Halcyon', 'First Blush' -my third one, I like it that much- 'Little Treasure' and "Glad Tidings'.

    They were potted up only about 10 days ago without showing much in terms of leaves and no colour to them at all. They're all leafing out nicely I'd say!



    Pieter

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  • 7 days ago


    Happy Birthday Debra and to all the others out there.

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  • 7 days ago

    Those are off to a good start, Pieter! I didn’t know there was a Sunny Halcyon. Very nice. I see why you like First Blush so much. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for bringing a Canadian source to our attention. I’m sure that will help someone else know where they might order from.

  • 7 days ago

    Sandy, while it is a fairly well regarded supplier here north of the 49th parallel they are shipping predominantly bulbs and the vast majority of perennials they ship are dormant. Having said that, I've dealt with them repeatedly for select hostas and always been satisfied. They don't have a large selection of hostas but from time to time they will have something of interest. And they did this year but decided to wait and see what they had at clear out time.

    There are a few Canadian suppliers of a much larger variety of hostas but I have not dealt with any because we have a decent nursery locally who always carries a decent assortment of hostas and prides itself on supplying a range of rare and exotic plants.

    Pieter

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  • 7 days ago

    Gorgeous plants everyone. Happy Birthday utog, Debra & Lisa! I hope you all have a wonderful year.

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  • 6 days ago

    Thanks to everyone for all the Birthday wishes!! Pieter, what a nice selection of hostas! I also did not know there was a Sunny Halcyon……is it Sunny tolerant? I do love the look of that one. You will not be disappointed with Little Treasure. I have one which I kept in a pot for the first summer. I planted it in September and this year it’s looking very good.

    debra

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  • 2 days ago
    last modified: 2 days ago

    Debra, I just got to looking at this post again and I came across the picture of what you identify as 'Stained Glass'. Go to the HL and look at the pictures there and all the plants you see there have a much narrower green edge than what shows in your picture. Yours strikes me as a more glaucous plant as well, it kinda reminds me of 'Captain Kirk'. The flowers may well tell the story 🤔

    Pieter

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