In this article I want to talk about the simplicity of growing, propagating, dividing and selling Hosta varieties from home. There is an insane amount of different kinds of Hosta varieties and they are a great item to grow and sell because people love Hosta, they do well in shady situations and there are a lot of people who enjoy collecting Hostas, always adding a new one to their garden.
Mike! All the good ones are patented!
First of all that’s not true, not at all true. Secondly, who cares? I buy patented ones all the time, pot them up and resell them. That’s perfectly legal. No, I can’t divide or propagate the patented ones, but that really doesn’t matter to me. I still make really good money on the ones I buy and resell because I have several great wholesale sources where I buy Hosta plugs. Read up on Plant Patents Here.
Mini Skirt Hosta is a dwarf hosta and perfect for small gardens. Much like Blue Mouse Ears, but this one is green and yellow variegated.
Do people sell Hostas in Our Members Area?
You bet they do! But more importantly than that, we need more members selling Hostas in our Buy/Sell Area because people are asking about them all the time. The demand for really interesting Hosta varieties will not go out of style.
Growing and selling Hostas from home can be as easy as planting them in bed, keep your varieties all grouped together and properly tagged. Then every couple of years you dig out certain varieties, sell off what you want and plant the smaller pieces, or even the scraps back into the bed for future sales.
All of the Hosta photos that I’ve posted here were purchased as plugs and potted up in May. I took these photos in July. Look at how great they look already after only being in the pot for a few weeks. That’s why I love this business! Plants never cease to amaze me.
Recently Duston and I traveled to Roger’s Backyard Nursery in Cranesville, Pa. Roger is One of Our Members and he has an awesome Backyard Nursery, and he uses pretty much every square inch of his yard to grow and sell plants. In this video I talk with Roger about how he does his Hostas. Keep in mind, it was cold, rainy and most plants were still dormant when we did the video.
How do you know which Hosta’s you are free to grow and which ones are patented. First of all, you need the original plant tag from the day that you purchased your hosta. If you no longer have the plant tag, then don’t propagate that plant. Instead start collecting Hostas that you are free to propagate. See this page on tagging, you’ll see where to look for plant patent info on plant tags.
Inside of Our Members Area is where we all share our wholesale sources and in those wholesale catalogs the growers clearly disclose which plants are patented and which ones are not. On the patented ones you have to pay a small royalty per plant and you have to buy tags to go with those plants so the plant patent info is on every patented plant that you sell. It may sound complicated but it’s not, it very easy and it allows us small growers to offer plants that are in high demand, plus all of the old favorites that will always be in demand.
Be sure to watch the movie!
When Should You Divide Hostas?
You can divide Hostas in the late fall after a frost, or you can divide them in the early spring just as they start to emerge. Spring is a great time because you can see the emerging eyes which makes it easy to know where to cut them. Simply cut them apart with a knife, a saw or a spade. Typically a good division is three eyes per division but I’d be perfectly happy with two eyes. And if I were doing them for myself, not to sell immediately, I’d be happy with a single eye as long as it had a decent amount of roots.
Summer Time Dividing of Hostas?
Believe it or not you can divide Hosta during the growing season, but not in the spring when they are actively growing. Hostas put out a spurt of new growth in the spring then they rest. Once they are into that rest period you can dig and divide them. The tops will wilt down so you might as well remove it at the time you divide them. Once planted they will start growing again.
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