OUR GUARANTEE
Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality hostas - true to name and free of any disease or virus. We sell only well rooted plants that are ready to thrive in your garden. We strive to provide a level of customer confidence and satisfaction that will keep you coming back for more - year after year.

We guarantee our hostas to be healthy, true to name, free of virus, and free of nematodes at the time of sale. We also gurantee that they will arrive in good shape at your doorstep. If there is a problem we ask that you contact us within 7 days of order receipt. We trust that our customers understand the care, nurturing and custody of the plant becomes their responsibility at the time of order receipt.

True to Name
We guarantee all of our plants to be true to cultivar name at the time of sale. Please note that hostas can and do mutate (sport) with some frequency. This can be both a blessing and a curse when growing hostas. Sometimes you get a beautiful new variegated mutation from a solid colored plant. Other times you may get a reversion from a variegated form to a solid colored form. That’s nothing that we (or you) did wrong - it’s simply the nature of hostas. If you have any concerns with your plants being true to form, please contact us.

Hosta Virus X (HVX)
While this virus was originally identified in 1996, it was in 2004 that a relatively severe outbreak occurred in the marketplace. The virus was particularly obvious at most of the “big box” stores, but many nurseries were also hit hard. Since most of these nurseries handle hundreds of perennials (in addition to hostas), it was rare that they had any awareness or knowledge of HVX. The virus outbreak appears to have been originated in bare root stock which was quickly spread by the mechanical methods used to dig and clean the bare root stock for shipment.

HVX symptoms are relatively straightforward to identify as illustrated below. It typically appears as an “ink blot” pattern that originates from the veins in the leaf. Once infected, there is no cure and the hosta should be destroyed. Contact of sap from a virused hosta with a healthy hosta will likely result in infection. While the tissue culture (TC) process does not eliminate the virus, reputable TC labs first test a plant prior to putting it into tissue culture. We only deal with TC labs that have a stated HVX policy and an active identification program. We have made a conscious decision to preferentially offer plants from tissue culture. About 99% of the stock that we offer is now from TC. Only in a few cases, where specific cultivars of bare root stock have proven to be resistant to HVX, do we even consider offering bare root stock. Growing our stock from TC requires us to grow them for a longer period (we do not offer first year TC liners for sale) and at a greater cost. We believe the benefits are worth the time and effort.

We guarantee that our hostas are HVX free at the time of sale. In the last 7 years we have had only one instance of HVX showing up in our nursery. This was in a single cultivar that had been shipped to us as bare root stock. We quickly identified the virus, quarantined the plants for testing, and then destroyed the entire batch after positive testing. We also no longer do business with the wholesaler that provided these plants since they did not (and still do not) have an acceptable HVX policy.

We guarantee our hostas to be free of HVX. We will refund or replace any plant you receive from us that is infected up to one year from the time of sale. If you have any concerns, please contact us. You may find it helpful to e-mail us a digital picture of any plant that concerns you.

For more information on HVX, follow this link:

http://www.hostalibrary.org/firstlook/HVX.htm

Foliar Nematodes
Foliar nematodes (Aphelenchoides frageria and Ditylenchus dispaci) are small, nearly microscopic worm-like creatures (about 2 mm in length) that consume the hosta leaf tissue in between the veins. The result is a rather distinctive brown striping pattern as shown in the picture below. Symptoms typically do not appear in hostas until the heat of the summer and are, therefore, not apparent in the spring when most of us are acquiring new plants for our gardens.

Foliar nematodes are known to affect hundreds of different plant perennials. Any hosta within a 6 foot radius of an infected plant is at risk. There is no known chemical treatment that yields anything close to a 100% cure rate. Unlike HVX, foliar nematodes can actually be eliminated during the tissue culture process. Our policy of selling tissue cultured stock is our assurance that we are offering nematode-free plants.

We only grow our hostas in a sterile potting mix and in containers that are elevated off the ground. We grow no other perennials that might be a nematode host.

Our hostas are guaranteed free of foliar nematodes. We will refund or replace any plant you receive from us that is infected during the same growing season of plant sale. Like HVX, a clean plant can be affected after planting by any nearby infected plants in the garden. If you have any concerns, please contact us. You may find it helpful to e-mail us a digital picture of any plant that concerns you.
HVX infected 'Sum and Substance'
Foliar Nematodes