FAQs

When will my plants ship?
We ship Peonies mid-September to early November and Hostas mid-April to late September, Chicago weather permitting.

How will my order ship? Cost?
All of our orders ship via USPS Priority Mail with tracking numbers. Shipping/handling cost is $7.95 plus $1.50 per plant. Delivery is available only to the contiguous 48 United States and Alaska. Because they ship at different times of the year, please place your hosta and peony orders separately.

What's your guarantee?
We work hard to raise and ship only healthy, well-grown plants that are in prime condition for successful planting. We guarantee to ship plants that are true to variety, healthy, and viable when we ship them. We cannot be held responsible for losses due to extreme weather or soil conditions, improper storage conditions, delayed planting, or improper climate plantings. We do not substitute any varieties without your permission. Please open the boxes promptly upon receipt and report any shipping damages or missing items within 48 hours after receipt of your packages (815-521-9535).

When will you charge my order?
We will charge your card when your order is placed to reserve your plants.

Do you make substitutions?
If for any reason your plants do not meet our rigorous standards when we dig and prepare them for shipping, we will contact you as soon as possible. You may choose to substibute a different plant or be issued a full refund.

Can you include other plants with my hosta/peony order?
Only hostas and peonies are available for mail order. For our other great perennials, heirloom veggie plants,and other way-cool plants, come visit us at our farm.

Peony Care

Peonies grow in Zones 2-8. Select a nice sunny well-drained location with compost worked into the soil. A PH of between 6.0-7.0 is ideal. In colder regions the eyes should be planted 2" below soil level and mulched for the first winter. Remove the mulch in spring. In warmer regions they can be planted 1" below soil surface. Do NOT over fertilize peonies as it can result in no blooms, spindly growth, or burnt foliage. Once every several years an early summer application of well-balanced slow release fertilizer is best.

The first spring after planting may result in slow growth as they are busy making roots. If they do bloom, the blossoms will not be as beautiful and full as they will be in a couple of years. Peonies are considered full-sized at 8-10 years of age; they are also VERY long-lived and can reach 100+ years old!!!

Peonies are generally very disease resistant, low-care plants. Very occasionally, Botrytis Blight can occur. To minimize this from happening, good cultural practices are important. Provide good air circulation around the plants (don't crowd them!). Do not water plants too late in the day so that their foliage remains wet overnight. In late fall, cut plants to the ground and destroy clippings (don't compost them). Make sure your peonies are planted in plenty of sun, in a well-drained area, and away from competing tree roots. Believe me, if treated right, you'll enjoy these beauties for many, many years to come (and so will your grandchildren!!!).

Hosta Care

You will receive your Hostas from mid-April through early October, weather permitting. Plant them as soon as possible (don't let them dry out!) in a shady to partial shade location that has been amended with compost. Water thoroughly after planting and make sure they get about 1" of water per week during the growing season. Just remember that hostas take several years to mature, so be patient as they're WELL worth the wait (speaking as a hosta addict!!!)