Welcome to HostasDirect!

About Our Plants - Maturities We Offer

Starter (TC)

  • Also known as  tissue culture, plugs or liners
  • 6-36 mo. old, 1.75" w x 2" d pots
  • 3-7" roots & several leaves
  • Shipped in plastic cell packs that are placed in a cardboard box
  • 1-2 divisions (eyes, crowns, pips)
  • Disease-free- from plant labs
  • Generally weigh .1 - .15 lbs

Advanced Starters

  • Older, larger Starter (TC) (tissue culture, plugs, liners)
  • 1-4 years old, 3" w x 3" d pots
  • 5-9" roots & several leaves
  • Shipped with leaves in Elle biodegradeable pots or plastic
  • Many have multiple divisions
  • Disease-free- 95% from labs
  • Generally weigh .2 - .67 lbs

Mature Divisions

  • 1+ divisions w/ roots off a mature plant  from Starter (TC)
  • 3-15+ years old, grown in ground
  • Largest root systems & leaves
  • 1 or more divisions (shoots) w with roots off a mature hosta
  • Many have multiple eyes
  • Never had a disease complaint
  • Generally weigh .2 - .8 lbs

 

maturities

 

Starter (TC) (see below)

Some Starter (TC) are shown below with the potting soil rinsed off and the roots untangled. Many of these plants are grown in biodegradable "Elle Pots" which are more breathable for better root development. These Starter TC are usually shipped with the potting soil and in cellpacks or individually wrapped in wet newspapers. We are known for the quality of our shipping!    

(From left: 'American Sweetheart,' 'Blue Mouse Ears,' 'Climax,' 'Eternal Flame,' 'Rainforest Sunrise,' and 'Teeny-weeny Bikini')

American Sweetheart tissue culture hosta Blue Mouse Ears tissue culture hosta Climax tissue culture hosta Eternal Flame tissue culture hosta Rainforest Sunrise tissue culture hosta Teeny-weeny Bikini tissue culture hosta

Starter (TC) after One Year of Outdoor Growth (See below)

These Starter (TC) below were planted in the Minnesota cold on 11/9/08, and these pictures were taken 9/9/09, 10 months later. Note that these are fast-growing hosta varieties that were grown in full sun (which often elongates leaves). They will be sold as Mature Divisions at 3-5 years of age. (From left: H. 'Dark Shadows,' H. 'Komodo Dragon,' and H. 'Rainforest Sunrise')

Dark Shadows hosta after one year Komodo Dragon hosta after one year Rainforest Sunrise hosta after one year

Starter (TC) After Two Years (see below)

Left: H. 'Sum and Substance' after two years of growth. Right: H. 'Pandora's Box' after one and two years of growth.

Sum and Substance hosta after two years Pandora's Box hosta after two years

Starter (TC) Year by Year (see below)

Perennials such as hostas "sleep" in the first year, "creep" in the second year, and "leap" in the third year. H. "Sugar and Spice' is pictured below, courtesy of customers Phil and Gayle Hartley Alley.

Left: Starter (TC) after 1st year                      Center: Same plant 2nd year                        Right: Same plant 3rd year

Hosta Sugar and Spice year 1Hosta Sugar and Spice year 2Hosta Sugar and Spice year 3

 

Advanced Starters (see below)

These Advanced Starters are generally grown in biodegradable Elle pots. The slight porosity of the paper Elle pot allows more air to get into the roots for better root development and faster growth. 

If these roots were unfurled, they would be about 8 to 10" long (photo on far right).

Left: H. 'Fire Island.'  Left Center: H. 'Maui Buttercups.'  Right Center: H. 'Parhelion.'  Right: H. 'Independence.'

Fire Island Advanced Starter hosta Maui Buttercups Advanced Starter hostaParhelion Advanced Starter hosta AS unfurled

 

Mature Divisions (see below)

NOTE: LIMITED AVAILABILITY - NOT AVAILABLE EVERY YEAR. The Mature Divisions below are almost always started from our Starter (TC) or Advanced Starters (disease-free lab-grown plants) and grown outdoors in our carefully maintained nurseries. Employees wear sanitized shoes, and garden tools are sterilized for use at specific growing locations only. The deep soil is a well-amended combination of manure, wood waste, organic matter, and coarse sand. We remove foliage in the late fall, and may sometimes ship plants in this condition later in the season.

Sun Exposure Notice: About 60% of our Mature Divisions are grown in full sun to promote faster root growth.  As the season progresses, some mature divisions grown in the sun may develop aesthetic imperfections such as elongated leaves, reduced heights, bleached coloration, and browning and/or irregular leaf curling. Despite flaws in appearance, the root systems of sun-grown hostas are particularly large and have multiple dormant buds for next season’s growth.


Left: H. 'Chartreuse Wiggles.'                   Right: H. 'Lady Isobel Barnett.'  

Chartreuse Wiggles hosta Mature Division Lady Isobel Barnett hosta Mature Division

Mature Hosta Clumps (see below)

Note: The photo below shows the well-developed root system from a clump of a large-sized hosta. Mature Divisions are removed from clumps carefully by hand (rather than with a knife) to prevent root damage.

Left: Webmaster and Senior VP of Operations with H. 'Regal Splendor' and H. 'Sum and Substance.'         

Right: Root system of a H. 'Lady Isobel Barnett'

Our webmaster Joe with some mature hostas Lady Isobel Barnett hosta mature clump

 

Notes:

We do our best to provide the best quality possible and to give an accurate representation of our plants. Keep these factors in mind:

  • Plants may change in size, color, and texture throughout the season and year to year
  • The amount of sunlight impacts plant appearance
  • Different varieties have different traits, including growth rates and size at maturity

We often offer the newest plants on the market, often a season earlier than competitors. 

We put forth our best effort in preventing plant diseases and have never had a disease complaint. 

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