Am I the first to have pods?

leafwatcher(zone 5)June 20, 2012

I am seeing quite a few seed pods forming, heck formed... I am surprised nobody else has mentioned it?

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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Hardly. I have had lots of seed pods for awhile now. I am in zone 6,you know! Phil

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 10:13PM
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Got lots of pods in my zone 6 garden too. It's been a very early, long season here. My garden looks like late July instead of June. Even the crape myrtles are blooming.


    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 10:28PM
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I had a few on my NOID which turned out to be Satisfaction, and I suppose they are still there....selfed since nothing else was blooming back that early. I'll check to see if they are empty or still closed up.

I have Blue Angel right next to Winter Snow, both are blooming. Would it be a likely match for a fertilized pod?
Which would make fertile seeds and which would be sterile? Do I need to get Don's book if I have to ask questions like these?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 10:42PM
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I'm in zone 8....lots of pods.


    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 4:17PM
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kiendu(WIS z4)

I was just thinking about this today... WONDERING? I've had hostas for about 12 years...always cut my flower stalks off, some before flowering, some after. I have absolutely (totally, completely) NO IDEA where the seeds are, or fertile/sterile seeds... fertilizing? Pretend I'm 5 years old and explain this to me? Just in a nutshell... not asking for all the details.

If I leave my flowers alone, I should see pods? In those pods are seeds? Can I just plant them and new hostas will grow?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 4:55PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

sounds like a personal problem ...

some old Hitchcock or twilight zone.. night of the living zombie problem ...

any clue what movie i am thinking about.. all i remember is large person sized pods.. and black and white ...


    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 5:42PM
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Ken...I think. You're fine unless you fall asleep.

I would appreciate the skinny on pods too.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 7:33PM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Heck , as early as they will seed this year, a person might be able to get some seedlings going outside pretty well before winter... hahahahha

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 11:05PM
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troutwind(7a SE TN)

I have pods on a Frances Williams and was just five minutes ago staring at them and wondering if FW was a good breeder and if these pods managed to get pollinated. Also wondering if hosta seeds needed to have a cold stretch before they would germinate or if they're good to go when they hit the ground. Will have to do some reading I guess.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 2:03PM
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Wendys_garden(5b Great Lakes)

Kiendu & Troutwind,
Once a hosta flower is fertilized, a pod will form. If no pod forms, then either it wasn't fertilized, or it was, but aborted. The flower will then dry up & fall off.
The seeds are in the pod. It generally takes 2 months for the pod to mature. Once it does, it (usually) will split open and the seeds will scatter. You could also pick them before they open, and dry the pods in a paper bag.
The seeds should be black, or very dark. White or clear ones generally are not viable. Different plants vary in size as you can see:

You can't tell really from the picture, but one end should have a distinct "bump"; that's actually the seed. (No bump=not viable.) The black is just chaff to help scatter the seed into the wind.
They do not need cold to germinate, so you could plant the seeds indoors in fall/winter, or sow them outside in fall, and they will germinate in spring. They will germinate on the soil surface, or also lightly covered with soil.

Important to note, that hosta seedlings do not usually look like the pod parent. Most are greenies, but they do pass on traits of the parents, such as rippled edges, plant & leaf shape, color, but not variegation. Variegated hostas almost always come from a streaked pod parent. Even with a streaked pod parent, you still get alot of solid colored seedlings.


    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 7:25PM
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troutwind(7a SE TN)


Thanks for the notes on Hosta seeds. It gives me a good idea of how to deal with my pods. So far both my Frances Williams, a blue sport of Dream Queen and a green noid have pods though the noid and sport only have one each.

I do believe I will attempt to germinate some seeds this year.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 8:53AM
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Gesila(MI Z5)

Does the color of the pod have anything to do with the seeds inside? I just noticed my Great Expectations pods were white.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:34AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

white pods USUALLY have no seed... key word there ... well the wings are there.. but no seed kernel itself ...

same warning on white stalks ...

and there is always the exception ...


    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:53AM
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