Frequently Asked Questions
Is your garden open for personal shopping?
Yes, we keep regular hours May, June, and July which are listed under the "hours" tab. August and September are by appointment only.
Do you do take mail orders?
Yes to Canada ONLY. Most of my hostas have been purchased in the US so for my American customers let me know what you’re looking for and I will give you the name of my supplier.
How do I order from Hosta Fever?
Send me an email of the hostas you would like to order. All orders are filled in the order of the date they are received. I will take the hostas you have ordered out of my inventory and ship them as soon as our weather cooperates and the hostas are ready. No payment is due until I ship your order as I want to make sure I am happy with the product that is shipping before you pay.
How must do you charge for Shipping?
The shipping cost varies depending on the number of hostas you order, how big the hostas are, and your shipping address. For that reason, I charge exactly what Canada Post charges me. This is how it works: once your order is ready and I am happy with the hostas, I charge your credit card the cost of the hostas ONLY. Once I ship them I then charge your credit card the exact shipping cost.
How do you mail the hostas?
All hostas are sent bare rooted. I remove all the dirt, let them soak in water for 3-5 hours so they are well hydrated, wrap the roots in newspaper, and then wrap with plastic to keep moist. I wrap the foliage in newspaper to help minimize any damage. Each hosta is individually tagged so you know exactly what you are getting.
How long will it take to get my order?
I mail all orders on Mondays via express post, depending on where the hostas are going to they are usually received by the Friday if not sooner. For my customers out west, it can take a whole week but the hostas can handle it.
What size of a plant will I receive?
That all depends on the hosta. For newer introductions, you usually receive a single division. For varieties that have been in my garden for a while, pots can have 2 or more divisions. Sale items can be 1 to 2 divisions. When we are pulling plants for your order we always pull the hosta that we would suggest to you if you were in the garden.
Are the hostas HVX free?
We only purchase from suppliers that are testing their plants and taking an active roll in fighting this virus. We also test everything that comes into the garden before it's potted and put out for sale, so the answer to this question is 99.9% yes.
How do I know if my hosta has HVX?
The only way to know is to test your hosta. Many times I have looked at a hosta and had my heart stop thinking it looked virused. If a plant has had frost damage or cold damage it could show signs that are similar to HVX, by testing them with the test strips you can be 100% certain.
My hosta has HVX, how can I cure it?
Once you are 100% sure and have tested it, it’s simple, dig it up and throw it in the garbage. There is no cure for HVX and you need to remove it from your garden so your other hostas won’t be affected by it.
What is the hosta of the year for 2019?
What are the past hostas of the year?
2019 'Lakeside Paisley Print'
2018 ‘World Cup’
2017 'Brother Stefan'
2016 'Curly Fries'
2014 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
2013 'Rainforest Sunrise'
2011 'Praying Hands'
2010 'First Frost'
2009 'Earth Angel'
2008 'Blue Mouse Ears'
2006 'Stained Glass'
2004 'Sum and Substance'
2003 'Regal Splendor'
1999 'Paul's Glory'
1998 'Fragrant Bouquet'
1996 'So Sweet'
For more hosta information please check out these links:
Ontario Hosta Society a great organization to join if you love Hostas
Hosta Library a great place for pictures of Hostas.
Garden Web great site for all your garden needs.
Dave's Garden “For Gardeners….By Gardeners”