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Most of us get our Hosta plants the usual way, we buy them or we ask friends and neighbors for a handout when they are dividing their mature plants. You can purchase Hostas either in potted form in various sizes or you can find them packaged and sold like bulbs. But did you know you can easily gather seeds to plant the fall for successful, healthy plants?
Here is how:
After the Hosta has flowered and pollinated by our friend the bees, look for the seed pods that form directly after the flower dies away. The pods are tubular in shape (they resemble pea pods) and are bright green to dark green in color and hang in clumps like green beans .
Wait for the seed pods to ripen on the stalk, they will turn brown and dry. Eventually the pod will begin to split open along its edge lengthwise. Seeds can fall out at this point but most hang in there. Gather them carefully with a bag or bowl underneath to catch any loose seeds that may fall.
Note: You can cut the flower stalks at any point after the seed pods form. If pods are still green, place the stems in water, to allow pods to ripen indoors. . If they are already brown I just place the cut stalks in a paper bag, when ready, the seeds will just fall from the pods with some gentle shaking of the bag.
Hosta seeds are delicate, paper-like and black in color. I deposit them in small envelopes labeled with the name, variety and date gathered. I then know where I want to plant my new Hostas in the fall.
To plant, I dig a small hole in a semi-shade to full-shade location in my garden where they will get plenty of water and nutrients, I then cover with soil (about two to three inches is all) pay the soil gently and sing a little song to encourage the new baby(s) to grow and that’s all. By early spring my babies head(s) pop up out of the ground and beg me not to sing anymore! <smiling here>