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Hosta
STREAKED HOSTA!

SKU: 251-010
Regular price 9.99
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Hostas are a garden staple! They add a tropical and fresh look to the and draw the eye with their stand-out leaves. Hostas are versatile, rarely need to be watered, and 'behave' in their tidy clumps.

Sadly, there are no Hostas that come true to variety from seed. This is why seed companies do not offer hosta seeds for sale. This is true of ALL hosta seeds. In fact, most hosta seeds rarely produce variegated color at all, and mainly produce single-colored seedlings. The only exception is streaked hostas, which are 'unstable' (haven't settled on a pattern yet) and therefore can produce offspring with variegated color! The majority of seedlings will still grow to be solid colored, and about 25% will be variegated, though this can vary widely. To clarify, variegated seedlings are those with a leaf-rim that is a different color than the center of the leaf. The rim can be darker or lighter than the center, ie a blue leaf with a yellow rim, or a golden leaf with a green rim. These seeds are taken from large streaked hostas with thick, sturdy leaves, so will produce large plants. The streaking on this plant is generally golden early in the season, and lightens to creamy white later on. The leaves show blue and green streaking. Resulting seedlings can be any number of color combinations, and are each unique plants. Even the solid-colored plants that result can be each it's own unique tone/color. Feel free to ask if you have any questions, as growing seeds from variegated hostas is a unique thing!

One interesting thing about Hosta plants, is that they will keep growing as long as they have light. This means, that if you want to speed-up hosta growth during the growing season, artificial lighting (increasing the day length) can help you get your hosta plants bigger, faster! Be sure to allow you plants to acclimatize back to regular lighting later in the season (and plant them in the ground), so they will go dormant in the winter.

Type: Perennial

Location: part or part sun

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Bloom time: Mid summer to late summer

Seed size: Hosta seeds are long, flat and black. Hosta seeds are a bit like a maple seed, or "key". There is a slightly bigger end which is the fertile seed, and there is a "wing", which allows it to blow, and catch the wind. Some hosta seeds will have broken wings, though this will not affect the ability of the fertile end of the seed to grow. Be sure to view our seed images. The seeds are interesting!

Seeds per pack: 10

Germination: Start these seeds right away for best germination rates. Start indoors.  The planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Then cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 6-8 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to room temperature (20-22 °C, 68-72 °F) for them to germinate. Germination is generally 30-60 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.

Hosta
STREAKED HOSTA!

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Description

Hostas are a garden staple! They add a tropical and fresh look to the and draw the eye with their stand-out leaves. Hostas are versatile, rarely need to be watered, and 'behave' in their tidy clumps.

Sadly, there are no Hostas that come true to variety from seed. This is why seed companies do not offer hosta seeds for sale. This is true of ALL hosta seeds. In fact, most hosta seeds rarely produce variegated color at all, and mainly produce single-colored seedlings. The only exception is streaked hostas, which are 'unstable' (haven't settled on a pattern yet) and therefore can produce offspring with variegated color! The majority of seedlings will still grow to be solid colored, and about 25% will be variegated, though this can vary widely. To clarify, variegated seedlings are those with a leaf-rim that is a different color than the center of the leaf. The rim can be darker or lighter than the center, ie a blue leaf with a yellow rim, or a golden leaf with a green rim. These seeds are taken from large streaked hostas with thick, sturdy leaves, so will produce large plants. The streaking on this plant is generally golden early in the season, and lightens to creamy white later on. The leaves show blue and green streaking. Resulting seedlings can be any number of color combinations, and are each unique plants. Even the solid-colored plants that result can be each it's own unique tone/color. Feel free to ask if you have any questions, as growing seeds from variegated hostas is a unique thing!

One interesting thing about Hosta plants, is that they will keep growing as long as they have light. This means, that if you want to speed-up hosta growth during the growing season, artificial lighting (increasing the day length) can help you get your hosta plants bigger, faster! Be sure to allow you plants to acclimatize back to regular lighting later in the season (and plant them in the ground), so they will go dormant in the winter.

Type: Perennial

Location: part or part sun

Hardiness zones: 3-8

Bloom time: Mid summer to late summer

Seed size: Hosta seeds are long, flat and black. Hosta seeds are a bit like a maple seed, or "key". There is a slightly bigger end which is the fertile seed, and there is a "wing", which allows it to blow, and catch the wind. Some hosta seeds will have broken wings, though this will not affect the ability of the fertile end of the seed to grow. Be sure to view our seed images. The seeds are interesting!

Seeds per pack: 10

Germination: Start these seeds right away for best germination rates. Start indoors.  The planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Then cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 6-8 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to room temperature (20-22 °C, 68-72 °F) for them to germinate. Germination is generally 30-60 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.