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Hosta growing in February

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

I couldn't wait so I jumped the gun and am waking some of my babies up. This is Feather Boa and it has started leafing out the most of the 50 or so hostas that I brought indoors. It is nice having some hostas to look at while it is snowing outside.

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Ottawa, Canada

What a Beauty, Jim. I would love to see the others as they emerge. Where are you keeping them indoors, to allow them to come up so early. Do they require a lot of light?

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

I do a lot of seed starting and the hosta thing in my craft room where I keep all of my crochet/yarn and sewing stuff. The hosta are under two 48" shoplights. I have a large three tiered seedling cart in there as well. I have a lot of stuff crammed into a small room. I am going to be setting up a room in the basement to start growing hosta from seed. I will be making some of my own hosta hybrids this year and need a lot more room to grow them over next winter under a bunch more lights.

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Brigham City, UT(Zone 5b)

Your Hosta are beautiful. I have my light set-up in my craft room also. Man is it crowded.
I have had my little hosta out in the winter weather. I believe I will bring the pots in the garage where they will get lots of sunshine and a little more warmth. I started over 250 last year from seed. They certainly do not grow very fast. We will see what this year brings.

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

I added 11 more lights and a bit more growing space.

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Brigham City, UT(Zone 5b)

OHHHHH, VERY NICE.

Virginia Beach, VA

What are you going to do with all those seedlings. Sell???

Bellie



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Brigham City, UT(Zone 5b)

Just share. I gathered the seeds off my plants last year. I have many more seeds that I will start this year.

Virginia Beach, VA

Frank,

Your seedlings are amazing!!! You must have a lot of patience!!! Will you be selling some?
Thanks,

Bellie

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

The seed starting that I did this year is 99% annual flowers(about 15 flats). Most of the hostas in my pictures are tissue cultures that I bought as first year plants last year. A few weeks ago I did go out into the garden and found some hosta seeds on scapes that where still standing because I got the bright idea to start hybridizing hosta this year so I wanted to try my hand at hosta seed starting whle I was starting my annuals. I have about a dozen tiny seedlings from Clovelly and a couple from Atlantis. More than likely all will be green but it was just something to try. This coming winter I will be starting probably a thousand or more hosta seeds from my own crosses that I do this year.

I will have to do some more building and buy more lights since this past week I also decided to start growing African Violet standards to show size which will take up a lot of space. I ordered leaves from 18 varieties and have them set up to make baby plants already. I have been collecting all of the supplies that I will need for doing it all week but still have more to buy.

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Virginia Beach, VA

Organized,patient and passionate !!!

thanks,

Bellie

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

What a great setup you've got there! I wish my basement didn't have a 5'10" ceiling and a creep factor of 9 out of 10. If I had the room, I'd definitely start seeds down there. It's great to see hostas coming up when it's cold and dreary outside. :)

Royal Oak, MI(Zone 6a)

Frank, I should know by now that you never do anything halfway =) Good luck with all the babies!

Kayly, LOL, my basement has a creep factor of 5 and a barely 6' ceiling after accounting for the ductwork. But I still want to add a small light setup in a year or two. Probably something like this that doesn't take up too much space:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=7693091

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Eleven, this is my blog detailing what I did with my seed starting setup:

http://petiolejunction.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/build-an-indoor-seed-starting-setup/

I have mine in my office where I keep it nice and toasty warm. It'll hold up to 8 flats of 72 cells for a grand total of 576 starts, but I've never done that many of anything because when they grow beyond their little cells...I don't have a place to put them. I have an area where I could start a nice hosta nursery, but it needs a lot of clearing (downed trees, scrub brush, etc) and I really need to get someone in here with a chainsaw and a Bobcat to do it. Then maybe I'll be able to start a lot of hosta babies.

But then again, we may be considering a move over the next few months if my husband gets the new job he's up for. (And things are looking pretty promising.)

Peoria, IL(Zone 5a)

I took all of the hosta outside today since we are having the very nice weather. I will have to keep watching the forecast so I can bring them indoors just in case the temps drop too low.

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