Hosta Plants

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Hosta look amazing in a tropical or elegant garden, but did you know that the baby shoots taste a little like asparagus?  Are you brave enough to try them?  We sell 3 good eating varieties: Gold Standard, Fortunei Albopicta, Francee.

Our Hosta come in 1.5l pots.    

What are Hosta (Plantain Lily, Urui)?

Hosta are a stunning perennial plant with large, sculptural leaves. Originally a woodland plant, Hosta are ideal for hard-to-grow shady spots in the garden, or as a border plant.  They look at home in a tropical or elegant garden and grow happily in a pot.   

About Hosta Gold Standard
A medium - large clumping Hosta (55 - 92 cm wide).  Its large oval leaves have lime green-yellow centres, with a dark green border. 
About Hosta Fortunei Albopicta
A large clumping Hosta (60 - 200 cm wide, 25-45 cm high).  Its large oval leaves are green with yellow centres in spring, changing to green over summer.  Fortunei Albopicta has streaked lavender flowers.
About Hosta Francee
Hosta Francee is a mounding plant with large heart-shaped leaves.  The leaves have dark green centres with a cream border.  In the height of the season it produces beautiful pale lavender flowers. Grows up to 50cm high and 130cm wide.
 

Culinary Uses for Hosta (Urui)

In Japan, Hosta are called Urui and are harvested as a food crop for hundreds of years.  All hosta are edible, but Hosta Montana, Hosta Fortunei and Hosta Sieboldii varieties are the best for eating.  (A note of caution though: While humans can eat Hosta they are toxic to dogs and cats.)

Young Hosta shoots are nice and crunchy, and taste a bit like asparagus.  Stir fry with sesame oil and soy sauce, try them in tempura, or toss with vinaigrette in a salad.  The shoots are also delicious fried in butter, or wrapped in bacon and roasted.  Hosta flowers are also edible, but don't have as much flavour - they look stunning in a salad though!

To harvest young Hosta shoots, cut them off at the bottom of the plant before they unfurl, discarding outer leaves.  Leave some shoots unharvested so your plant flourishes next season too.  

Growing Conditions - Hosta (Plantain Lily, Urui)

The most important thing with Hosta, is to mimic their natural woodland conditions.  Plant them in a shady - part shady spot, sheltered from wind.  Hosta do best in rich, moist but well draining soil.  During their first summer, mulch and water regularly.

Hosta may look tropical with their flashy big leaves, but they are actually very hardy. They may lose their leaves over winter or if hit by a spring frost, but usually recover.  In spring, young shoots grow from winter-dormant rhizomes.  At this point, protect Hosta from slugs, snails and rabbits - they can decimate your crop very quickly!  

Hostas can be propagated by dividing in spring, but wait until they are at least three years old before you do this.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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