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Ok, my hostas have given me a lot of "seeds", how can I find out if they are going to grow? May i just sprinkle them in the area that I would like them to grow and hope or try starting them in paper towels???
I find it's a lot easier to start them in a baggie on a paper towel and plant them into small pots as they sprout. There is alot of flotsam in hosta seed and it's almost impossible to know if you're planting a live seed or not.
I use a fairly fine sieve and rub the seeds in it to remove the black bits. sometime, i dampen my fingers to help - just be sure to put the seeds back in a paper container so they dry out. You can generally see easily which ones have well developed seeds. It's a good project for a January night.
I've also started them on paper towels, but have sometimes had difficulty separating the roots from the towel.
PS I expect I'll have LOTS of seed to share if anyone is interested, but I won't know just what until I clean the seeds.
I am willing to try anything, I love hostas, I know that the roots of seeds can be hard to get out of paper towels. What woud you think about using floral foam, a thin layer, cut into small cubes, that will stay just damp and when the seeds get growing, just plant the piece of foam with the seed in it?
I have done this with my garden plants, tomatoes etc. it worked well.
I had good success starting my hosta seeds last year, and I'm just about to get them started this year. I really do prefer starting my hosta seeds in a nice, light sterile seed starting mix. I germinate my seeds in a flat made up of individual cells (with holes in the bottom so I can bottom water.) These would probably be available at a garden center at a reasonable cost. Just make sure you get something larger (perhaps a flat) that you can set the tray in for watering purposes.
It's just my own personal preference, but I really hate sprouting seedlings and then potting them up. I'd prefer to start them in something that they'll be able to stay in until they have two or three sets of leaves. Hostas respond well to up-potting (repotting them into a larger container once they've reached a certain size), but I wouldn't want to fuss with them too much when they're just tender sprouts. Just my opinion. Others may have had better experience with sprouting seeds than I have, but for me...the less fuss the better! ;)