What do we mean by disease-free hostas?

Since the start of our business in 2001, HostasDirect has never had Hosta Virus X or any customer complaints about foliar nematodes or other diseases. However, due to the very nature of living things, literally trillions of molecules in plants and nurseries, it is virtually impossible for any plant business, including ours, to absolutely guarantee their plants do not have any diseases or assume any liability for damage.

HostasDirect, Inc. is committed to being a very responsible nursery by preventing the spread of plant diseases. Once a disease is in your garden, it can be expensive and time consuming, if not impossible to eradicate. Pests and diseases can take a lot of the fun out of gardening and ruin the beauty of your plants.

Selling high-quality, disease-free plants is our top priority! We do not determine our suppliers based solely on price. Even though there may be some good foreign suppliers, we have never purchased stock from foreign suppliers, where it is thought Hosta Virus X quickly spread from in the early to mid 2000’s. Besides, there are many outstanding plant varieties available in the USA.

HostasDirect’s Mature Divisions start as clean Starter (TC) or clean Advanced Starters. Our workers are trained in plant disease control and identification and use shoes, plastic gloves and tools that are frequently sanitized and used only at our growing locations. We perform frequent inspections of our plants. In addition, our nursery is inspected annually by the State of Minnesota nursery licensing professionals.

Virus prevention: HostasDirect’s Starter (TC) and Advanced Starters come from top United States of America plant laboratories. These labs frequently test, or “virus index,” their growing stock for Hosta Virus X (HVX), Arabis Mosaic Virus (ArMV), Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV), Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV), Tomato Ringspot Virus (ToRSV), Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) and many more.

Foliar nematode prevention: aphelenchoides fragariae is the type that can impact hostas. They are microscopic worms found in 280 species of ornamental plants. If a hosta is infected, brown streaks can appear between their veins when the nematodes reach sufficient quantity. In the southern USA, these streaks can occur as early as late June. In the northern states, late August to early September.

Our website has information about hosta diseases that we hope you share with your fellow gardeners. We encourage you to be concerned about the quality of your plant sources and are confident that you will have good results with our plants.

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