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    Hosta seeds - storage?

    I'd like to gather some Hosta seeds, but I don't know how I should store them til next spring. Anyone have some suggestions?

    For example, should I take them out of the pods, or leave them in? What should I keep them in over winter?

    Thanks in advance,
    Matt (in OH).


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    Matt, you'll need to remove the papery seeds from the pods and put them into small zip-lock baggies and store them in you fridge until you are ready to plant them. You could also prepare a seed bed for them now, and after the ground has thoroughly chilled, plant the seeds directly to the ground. Barely cover with fine soil, water them in using a fine mist and then mulch with straw (wheat, oat or pine).

    I am going to try my hand at growing a few collected seeds under lights this winter along with the daylily seeds produced from crosses made this year.

    From what I have heard and read, Hosta seeds sprout fairly easily, but are very slow to grow, at least the first year or so. Patience is definitely needed with these!

    Rebecca
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    One more question Rebecca -

    How long can I keep them in the fridge? At this point, I wasn't planning on planting them til next Spring. Can I leave them in the fridge til then?

    Also, do I need to put anything else in the baggie with the seeds (like paper towel or peat moss)?

    Thanks for the info,

    Matt

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    Matt,

    I should think they would keep in the fridge until spring. I wouldn't put anything in with them, perhaps a tiny piece of paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, just be sure to remove it in 7 to 10 days. When it gets closer to planting time you could move the seeds to a larger zip-lock bag that you've put moistened sphagnum moss into. Leave them under refrigeration for another few weeks (check often for mold), then simply lay the baggies under fluorescent lights or a bright, warn spot to germinate. No direct sun though or the seeds will cook!

    Rebecca
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    Here's an interesting site I found on growing hosta from seed that might be helpful.

    http://perfectperennials.tripod.com/id10.html

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