Hostas from seed

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  1. LoverOfMaples

    LoverOfMaples Generous Contributor Maple Society

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    So I decide to grow hostas from seed which seems to be very easy and fun. My question how long before I might start seeing characteristics of the parent plant that I collected from, if any?

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    Good evening D, we have tried this and they do grow quite easily, but they hardly ever, if at all look like the parent. A bit like our Maple seeds.
    This is all I can offer on this one I'm afraid D.
     
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    Growing from seed - that’s an impressive project !

    I wonder how commercial growers ensure that their flock of baby « Sum & Substance » or « stained glass » or « Midwest Magic » are true to type

    Do they make new plants by division or seed?

    I like close-to-instant results so I divide mine with a shovel and pop the new small ones in the garden ASAP

    That said - I am lazy and usually forget (remember to forget?) to label the divisions right away - I just know I like certain colors and combinations
     
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    Good evening Georgia, not lazy at all. It's a bit like air layering with maples. You then get the clone of the parent. I fully understand when you say about forgetting labels. We have all been there , lol.
     
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    Like @Acerholic said, not lazy at all. That's the only way I know how to clone one.

    Ive never thought about the commercial growers. They must be doing some crazy division.
     
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    Have you ever gotten anything interesting?

    I think I see a few that will have some type of variation but I'm not sure yet.
     
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    Not really D. They turned out very ordinary tbh. We were hoping for something special or some brand new variety. But no.
    But you may do, so I wish you good luck.
     
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    Thanks D. We all wish for that. Lol
     

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