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Philadelphia, PA

June 9, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9157996

Has anyone here tried their hand at crossing hostas ?
Fairchild, WI

June 9, 2012
11:15 AM

Post #9158196

Hi Mitt,
Yes I have.
Consider myself a seed grower vs a hybridizer though. I keep track of crosses. But don't go so far as to protect the flowers from the bees doing their thing to.
It is really a lot of fun. And if you grow a lot of seeds you will come up with a "garden worthy" hosta now and then.
Below are a coulple pics from 2011.
The first is actually a sport off another seedling.
The second is an open polinated seedling from H. 'Galaxy'.

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Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2012
1:02 PM

Post #9168905

Wow Johnny, that seedling is a beauty!!
Virginia Beach, VA

June 17, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9168942

Wow!!!, I am impressed!!!~


Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9169218

I love the second seedling, and I'm not usually one for streakers =) Beautiful form!


Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2012
4:29 AM

Post #9169636


I save seeds and start them, but I don't try to beat the bees or even to deliberate crosses. But of the hundreds of seedlings, I've had a few that I've kept. The newest pics are on my older computer; so I'll post some when it's booted.
Norwalk, IA
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9177798

I did my first crosses last weekend.So far a few show signs of taking and forming pods. :-) I put string tags on the ones I cross so I can keep records of what was used. Tons of pods from the bees too. Many pods on the blue hostas this year.Will see what i get.

Fingers crossed...

Kyle :-)

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