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Quality Commitment

Hallson Gardens is committed to bringing you some of the best hosta and perennial plants for sale by mail. That means fresh plants, generous sizes, proactive disease screening, and a commitment to the growing success of our plants in your garden.

Commitment to Freshness

When offering bare root plants by mail, freshness makes all the difference. Too often bare root plant suppliers ship out of storage, sometimes after several months, and viability of improperly stored plants can decline significantly. We know the longer a plant is stored, and if not stored properly, bare root success simply goes downhill. Even the time inside a closed bag and and shipping box can affect plant viability, and if you add in months of storage you can understand why people tend to think poorly of bare root plant stock. While some plants are perfectly content chilling out in a box or a crate in a temperature controlled warehouse, others don't like to be out of the ground for even a week or more.

That is why we like to dig fresh and ship promptly. A shorter time out of the ground means you receive a more viable and vigorous plant stock. A freshly dug, dormant plant from Hallson Gardens may barely know it was sent off to a new home, and will wake up in your garden as a happy new transplant. Fresh hostas dug in the active growing season are prepped so that the roots stay moist and the foliage looks great and perks up with just a little extra moisture on arrival. We ship some of our plants in plastic bags packaged in dry peat moss, some will be shipped with their roots wrapped in damp paper towels, and others will be shipped dry in paper bags. Different perennial plants have different needs and we always strive to do our best to make sure you get a fresh plant from the moment you open that box and start planting.

Generously Sized and Naturally Grown

In addition to freshness, we are committed to bringing you a generous sized plant without the use of strong growth enhancers. Generous plant divisions are the first step but we also strive to bring you a plant that has been grown a longer time and grown more naturally here at our nursery. Soil enhancements to our growing areas are made using organic compost and organic fertilizers. Plants are allowed to grow naturally without added chemical fertilizers and without excessive irrigation, often simply relying on Mother Nature to take care of things for us. We want our plant stock to know how to take care of itself, rather than being spoon fed or forced to grow faster than they should. A plant that knows how to take care of itself, and knows how to withstand a real world environment, will always travel better and transplant quicker and easier into your garden.

Hosta plants shown dug and rinsed prior to shipping. Roots will be wrapped in wet paper towels with a plastic bag covering the root ball. Each plant will be rolled in craft paper then boxed and shipped.

Our hosta plants, in general, are at least a 3rd year plant from tissue culture. These hosta plants are grown here in Michigan, naturally in the ground, over 2 winters. A first year tissue culture plant is a tiny plant, often called a starter plant, starter plug, or liner. They are laboratory propagated plants that arrive in 72 or 96 count trays, purchased only from some of the most trusted growers. Those hostas are then shifted here to a 21 count growing plug for the first summer and held in quarantine away from other crops to insure they are healthy and disease free. Once rooted they are planted out in rows in our growing area where they will grow over at least two winters. A 3rd year hosta plant grown this way may not be the largest you will find, especially considering we don't apply fertilizer during their time here, but when planted in your garden they simply know how to grow. We also ship you that entire plant, not a cut of it, reducing shock to the plant before shipping.

Other hosta plants are shipped as a 2nd year division. These hosta plants are also grown right here at our nursery, naturally in the field over one winter from the time it was divided. Our own stock plants are dug the year before, virus and nematode tested, then divided and re-potted. New divisions are grown in pots in a shade house where they root out that summer before being replanted into rows in our growing area. This makes a nicely rooted division taken the year before, and like all of our plants they are dug fresh before shipping. Taking a division the previous year means that cuts are healed and you get a nice, well rooted hosta for your garden.

Commitment to Disease Prevention

When growing ornamental plants every nursery must work hard to prevent and control plant diseases, especially with the globalization of the ornamental plant industry. We use a proactive approach to disease issues through the use of a quarantine period, continuous disease monitoring, and stringent sanitation practices. We perform routine virus and nematode testing for hostas and other plants, both in house and through commercial laboratories, and if a supplier shows that they can't provide us with good, disease free plant material then we will flat out refuse to purchase from them. When handling a large volume of different plants we also work hard to avoid cross contamination in the event that something might be carrying a disease. Perennials are kept isolated from hostas. Different tools are kept in isolated use for only certain growing areas. Any tools used in more than one area are regularly sanitized, often several times per day. Hands and gloves are washed regularly. Washing stations, soaking tubs, tools, and all work areas are sanitized continuously using the same cleaners used to disinfect food service and hospital surfaces. We also vow to only work with wholesale nurseries for our starter plants who share our commitment to quality. While we may never be able to eliminate every issue we will always strive to grow the best and most disease free plants possible and do whatever it takes to bring you some of the best plants possible in this regard.

The one crop we completely outsource is our spring lily bulb selection. Since lily mosaic virus and tulip breaking virus continue to be issues in the global lily bulb trade, we only work with Dutch bulb suppliers who share our commitment to quality and work hard at their end to keep these diseases out of their crop. Any company that can't consistently supply us with healthy bulbs will not see any business from us, even when that means a reduced selection. Unfortunately there was one recent supplier who failed us on this issue and we deeply regret having sold bulbs that didn't meet our standards. Should an issue like this arise again we will start a virus indexing program on lily bulbs, however cost constraints have prevented that up to this point.

Commitment to Your Success

Bringing you the best plants we can grow is just a first step. We also want you to be successful with them in your garden because your success is key to our success. To help we are known for our generosity and sometimes include extra plants in the shipment, especially for plants we feel might be a little trickier to ship and transplant. Additionally, each and every plant we sell will have a brief instruction sheet included in your shipment to help give you planting tips and basic instructions for your new arrivals. These same planting tips can also be found on our website through a link at the top of each individual plant category, plus you can find more information on our perennial reference website, https://www.perennialreference.com. And of course you can always feel free to contact us for assistance. Email or using our Contact Us link is best, or call and leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call as soon as we can.

Thank you for visiting our website, thank you for your business and support, and thank you for helping to keep us growing!

Chris Wilson and Brian Hall
Hallson Gardens
14280 S Meridian Rd
Cement City, MI 49233
(866) 568-1474