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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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:
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.)