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16/02/2014 at 01:38

i purchased some Hostas 2 weeks ago for pennies really at my local Wilkos. Just a root system and shoots in a bag. Soaked them for a couple of hours in the greenhouse then planted them up and bagged the tops with elastic bands. Checked them yesterday and they have really taken off, gone from 1 inch to over 4 now.

16/02/2014 at 08:37

hi all

i too have just ordered some hostas from Bowdens here is my small list

what do you all think

  • 1 x June
  • 1 x Winter Snow
  • 1 x Blue Hawaii
  • 1 x Titanic
16/02/2014 at 09:06

Morning Anthony

June is one on my own shopping this one a lot 

There are some real experts here...hope Hostafan is better opinion than mine should come.  However Blue Hawaiii too is one I have considered.......for leaf colour and size.  not familiar with the others.  

16/02/2014 at 09:13

Blue Hawaii looks amazing - I'm sooooooooo tempted - it has to go on the 'I want one' list 

16/02/2014 at 09:17

thanks for replys   the titanc and blue hawaii i got really for the size.

titanic is ment to grow over 4 foot dia first year but we will see lol

16/02/2014 at 10:09

I have June - she is lovely !  Have used bowdens before and rate them highly ( have i said that before  - not on commission, promise)

my favourite from them is the kiwi full monty - very pretty leaves

16/02/2014 at 10:16

I've got to work to-day and I thought I'd just have a quick look. Hosta chat returns, wey hey!!

The nursery with the biggest catalogue I've ever seen is Fransen Hostas They're in Holland , but they mail order.

June is a great variety which bulks up really quickly. Titanic and Blue Hawaii look stunning but I really need to curb my enthusiasm.

16/02/2014 at 10:20

I've been tempted to start a hosta nursery, but I think there are so many varieties, it's a pretty daunting task to get off the ground. And, there are so many good nurseries already out there. Great excuse to go on a major spending spree though eh? tee  hee.

16/02/2014 at 19:45

Hostafan, if it's your passion and your skill why not start your own business growing hostas?  

I used to grow  and sell tender perennials down here and did well.  A joint venture to grow larger scale floundered but if you have a niche market ...locally could be a winner 

I prob have a mere 8 or so different varieties ....mmmmm, maybe few more.....and will now look up that Dutch nursery Hostafan to add a couple more 

17/02/2014 at 12:53
Does anyone grow Hosta 'Orange Marmalade' ?
17/02/2014 at 13:13

No I don't Mark but I will. Just checked it out amd I want it 

17/02/2014 at 16:42

I've got orange marmalade. I bought it  a couple of years ago.


17/02/2014 at 16:45

Chicky I grow Kiwi full monty too. I believe it's a "blue" form of Striptease.


23/02/2014 at 00:34

I have to stop looking on this forum. The I WANT list gets longer with every post. Stop it stop it, everyone! I'm not listening anymore. (or peeking, either) Going tolook for a thread with no plants to look up. If I can find one!!

02/03/2014 at 10:19

still wating for bowdens to del my hosta order could cry

19/03/2014 at 09:46

bowdems sent out my hostas on monday hopfully they will turn up today

21/03/2014 at 09:54

update my hostas turned up yesterday from bowdens. they were really good plant loads of roots and at least two eyes on each on if anyone needs hostas i would recomend bowdems the plants were packed very well and still damp when i opened them. well done bowdens

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