hosta seeds

bern_2007August 22, 2007

Hi everyone; I need to know, when do we know, when the pods are ready for harvest, on hosta? Do they turn brown before they open up? I'm leaving for 2 weeks, and wondering if the seed pods will be OK on the plant until I come back? They are green right now, with a tinge of purplish, green (could be from sun). I promised some seeds, and I don't want to lose them. Thanks for your respond.

Bern

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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

Bern:
I have never really saved Hosta seed, but what you can do is loosely tie a large brown paper bag (with some slits for air) around the scape, so that if any seeds are released when you are gone, they will be caught. You have to play around with the bag a little, but that's what I do to collect seeds from my giant balsam - also to prevent them from being spread all over the garden. Good luck with the babies - I grew some a few years ago and they are so cute!!
Northerner.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2007 at 2:00AM
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bern_2007

Thanks Northerner, Really appreciate your reply. I am curious to see the seedling, I read they don't come true with seeds . Thanks again

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 10:56PM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

That is quite true, Bern, they don't come true to seed - but that's the fun of growing them. I have some that are now two years old and they are now 'showing their colours'. You never know what you'll get.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 2:33AM
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