Re: [gardeners] Hostas

Barbara Jackson (
Thu, 1 Oct 1998 22:02:20 -0500 (CDT)

And since we're still talking hostas, maybe somebody can help me with a new
one of mine.  It is a mini called Stiletto.  Planted in early June it took a
while to get established and about mid-September it started blooming.  Two
flower stalks about 8 inches high with tubular white, slightly fragrant

Today while giving the new bed a thorough weeding and removing all the
leaves the slugs have been hiding under, I noticed what looks to me like a
seed pod.  I thought this particular hosta didn't set seed (that's what the
guy at the nursery told me anyway) and so was very surprised.  Does anyone
know anything about this?  

Is it a seed pod I'm seeing?  It appears to be at the stem end of a spent
bloom, about 2/3 of an inch long and approx. 1/2 inch wide.  Color is light
green.  Texture is firm.  If this is a seed pod and the nursery guy was
talking through his hat, when can I harvest the seed from it?  

I'm in a "let's see if I can grow it from seed craze and have started
lilium, hemerocallis, iris and assorted other perennial seeds to keep me
entertained this winter.  Could also find a spot for some hosta seed, I'm sure.

Somebody, anybody familiar with this hosta or hosta seed in general?

Barb (who cleared the veggie garden after work today - first frost last
night and it was a good one!)

Barbara Jackson
"Sunny" Manitoba
Zone 3