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Starting Hostas Indoors...
#92988 January 22nd, 2007 at 10:02 PM
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I'm in zone 6-ish and I've got garden-fever. I just wintersow-ed some seeds and was wondering about my hosta seeds. I'm very good at killing things and would REALLY like to get the hostas right. I've read that they work well germinating on a moist paper towel in a ziplock baggie. Do I need to chill the seeds or anything?? ANY help is greatly appreciated. (I'd just buy the plants but, dear god, their expensive!) Thanks in advance. kissies

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#92989 January 23rd, 2007 at 03:23 AM
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i did that before with hosta seeds and the ziplock,paper towl
it took months for em to sprout out their seeds i never put em in the frig to chil, just left em up in the coubard. all the seeds sprouted it just took awile.

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#92990 January 23rd, 2007 at 08:42 PM
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Maybe I should conduct a "scientific" experiment and put my seeds in 2 seperate ziplock baggies with a moist paper towel. One bag I'll place in the fridge (hopefully somewhere my hubby won't put stuff ontop of) and the other I'll tuck up in a cupboard. We'll see which goes first and the germination rate of each.

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#92991 January 24th, 2007 at 02:45 AM
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wink that sounds like a great idea!

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#92992 January 24th, 2007 at 07:07 PM
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I got the seeds prepared last night, so now it is just a matter of time. It's kinda funny--I keep looking up information on germinating these seeds and everyone says something different!! Obviously the seeds in the fridge won't be getting any light but I should I give some to the ones on the cupboard? Or do I need to start a third baggie?? laugh

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#92993 January 24th, 2007 at 08:05 PM
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mine didnt have light, laugh you can try a third baggie, theres so many diffrent ways people germinate seeds, its good your trying diffrent ways to see what works best for you, wink

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#92994 January 25th, 2007 at 12:31 AM
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Well, to the point of possibly being excessive, I've got my third baggie going. It's going to get 6-7 hours of direct sun a day--does that sound like too much or too little? I haven't the foggiest clue here. Now the trick is to remember where all my baggies are (fridge, kitchen cupboard, and bedroom window). Knowing me, I'll find a baggie of dead hosta seedlings in August, and be like "Oh, yeah...."

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#92995 January 25th, 2007 at 02:57 AM
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my Hostas are up, but standing still for a long time???????

Beats me how slow they can go.

p p p

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#92996 January 25th, 2007 at 06:36 PM
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I've heard that they take around a month or two to germinate, so I'm guessing that they would also be slow growers. I'll just be happy if the dang things sprout! I hope that they start growing tall soon for you, Dodge.

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#92997 January 25th, 2007 at 06:47 PM
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If you call an inch tall,, ok . parte

ha ha

I moved them into a shady window.

b

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#92998 January 25th, 2007 at 07:27 PM
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At least you got them up--I'm 2 whole days into my germination and, I'm sorry to say, still NOTHING! How long is this going to take, geez?! (did I ever mention that I'm impatient??) laugh Maybe your seedlings were getting too much sun. I think I read somewhere that too much sun will stunt them...

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#92999 January 25th, 2007 at 08:24 PM
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NO
They was under a heating light only.

It takes couple weeks to germinate ,..Mine did.
THey are standing more erect since I moved them .

Blue something.

b

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#93000 January 25th, 2007 at 09:25 PM
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oooooooooooooooohhhhhh, blue? I just love the blue plants, I have no clue what mine are, just 'hosta'. What a description for a plant that is acclaimed for how "highly hybridized" it is. lol Did they sprout up blue colored?

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#93001 January 25th, 2007 at 09:35 PM
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no................green as the grass.. I will hunt the name for you .

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#93002 January 25th, 2007 at 09:47 PM
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Where did you order them from? I've kinda wondered what would be a good source for non-trade seeds.

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#93003 January 26th, 2007 at 12:16 AM
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Hosta Blue mammoth...is the name.
Someone on here sent them to me.. I have to look it up and see what it really is.
If I have any seeds left you want them?

I have to hunt them.. My seeds are all over the house an garage.

barb

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#93004 January 26th, 2007 at 12:24 AM
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I got the seeds in a trade..

Do you want some......Give me your addy in a PM.

I just checked an have a bunch.

b

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#93005 January 26th, 2007 at 12:30 AM
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Landofoz,

Here is a photo of the Blue Mammoth

If you want seeds , say so.

http://www.hostalibrary.org/b/bluem.html

;o)
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#93006 January 26th, 2007 at 03:24 AM
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So, so, so, so!!! I would surely appreciate some! Thanks soooooo much. I'll PM you my addy. Thanks again, the blues are my absolute favorite!

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#93007 January 29th, 2007 at 09:54 PM
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Dodge, I got your seeds today. Thanks! How did you germinate the Blues? I'm going to have to try to duplicate it... Still no sprouts from my 3 baggies. But it's only been 1 week or so.

Thanks again, I can't wait to get them going!

Sarah

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#93008 January 29th, 2007 at 11:36 PM
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Buy potting soil at store.
I have a heating cable under my soil .

I built my own contraption.. Took a large plastic lid off a storage box
Got Hardware wire and attached the cable to it.
put sand on top of that, then soil.

It doesnt happen over nite , for sure.. i shave some just coming up from the older batch,.
Last week I planted some is yogurt cup an put it on the windowsill to see how long that takes.
Just be sure an keep them moist...Might try putting a plastic bag over it ?/
I do whatever comes to my mind..Takes weeks, not day to get them going.
Last year none would come up??

Good luck and have patience.

barb

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#93009 January 30th, 2007 at 02:22 AM
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Hi guys.
Barb, are you a member on the hostapix? Good group. The blue hostas as a rule are very slow growers. Needs lots of patience for them.
Kirsten

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#93010 January 30th, 2007 at 02:28 AM
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Kirsten,

no I am not.............
Tell me more.
I can verify they are slow.......But so was one I planted last spring..It died.

Will they be an inch tall by spring?? ha ha

barb

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#93011 January 30th, 2007 at 02:47 AM
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Hi Barb. I'm in a Yahoo group called Hostapix. Its email based. Some VERY serious hosta folk belong there. You should check it out. Give me a minute and I'll get you the address
Kirsten

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#93012 January 30th, 2007 at 02:59 AM
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groups.yahoo.com/group/hostapix/

I think there is a place where you can read the messages but I can't remember where it is. But its easy to join. Try it and get the emails so that you can see the pics. Watch it for a couple of days and see what you think. Some of these members are serious hybridizers. There are over 6000 named hostas. These guys are why.
Let me know if you join.
Kirsten

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