|I have several hostas in my little garden. I love them. This one is 'June'.|
Endless divisions have made my garden fuller and other folks happy. Yet, I have never attempted to germinate them from seed. Knowing their seed won't be like the parent plant, I still aim to try the attempt. I realize this may be a waste of time, yet - I'm itching to see if it works out. My garden is small enough to contain about 6 various hostas that flower at the same time. I want to see if cross-pollination has been successful. Late last summer, I witnessed wasps and bees go from one flower to another. Now let's see if I can grow some from seed.
Throughout September and October, I began to harvest the seed.
|I waited to collect, until the seeds had matured on the stem.|
|This Hosta plantagenia has rather long seed pods, full of seeds.|
Be sure to harvest the seed when the pods are beginning to dry out and turn like straw - just before the pods begin to spring open. Lay them out on a piece of paper for a few days to completely dry. Then mark an envelope for each variety.
|Several pods have duds - these pale white seeds that have no embroinic component. Discard. Like maple keys, they have a winged portion and a seed tucked in the tip.|
|I examined each seed. Making sure they had a wing and a solid seed side. Taking the seed I placed them on the surface of the potting mix.|
|I put about 3 seeds per roll.|
|With the blunt end of a skewer, I tucked them in just beneath the soil's surface.|
|I marked each roll with a dot, differentiating between the varieties of hosta seeds I collected.|
|I tied them together, so they don't collapse as easily.|
|To add greater humidity, I made a tiny greenhouse tent. Sticking skewers into the rolls, I have made posts for the cover.|
|Until germination, I just want to hold in moisture and humidity. You can buy seeding trays with domes for this purpose, I just decided to use household items for the job.|
I placed it in a warm window sill, in late May until the threat of frost was over. Bringing it outside to help the process.
Within 4 weeks, this is the result:
|Small little hostas emerged.|
|I thinned out the germinated plants, leaving the stronger, healthier baby hostas - 1 per each roll.|