Propagating New Hostas at Shady Oaks Nursery
Shady Oaks has been producing hostas since 1982 with the establishment of a retail nursery specializing in perennial plants that perform well in the shade. In 1984 a 5-acre parcel was purchased to grow and propagate field-grown hostas. These plants were dug and shipped to customers who ordered through the mailorder catalog, or potted and were available to walk-in trade.
In 1993 the tissue culture lab in the basement of the owner's home with two lab technicians produced enough plant material to publish a wholesale price list. In 1994 the lab expanded to the present location. Currently the tissue culture lab has a transfer room that houses six laminar-flow hoods. The hoods are made in-house and consist of Plexiglass sides and a stainless steel base that can be sterilized. Positive air movement ensures a work area free from pathogens and technicians contaminating the cultures. A fan forces air through two filters including a HEPA™ filter to remove bacteria and mold spores. Each lab
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