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Re: Blooming seedlings

Often times the scapes come up the first year and certainly by the
second. If you start the seeds in Nov./Dec. under 24 hr. light, many of
the plants will bloom the first year.  Personally I will always cut the
bloom off.  I do believe my friend Ron L. will attempt to cross first
year plants.  How about it Ron, had any success doing this?  It is my
understanding that making crosses with first year plants is generally not
Stuart Asch
Clawson, Michigan

halinar@open.org wrote:

> I have a question for some of you who live in a more northern climate
> who also hybridize hosta.  Last year I grew a bunch of hostas from
> seeds, selecting for certain interesting traits, but also selecting
> only the most vigorous.  They were kept in a greenhouse all summer,
> although the light was somewhat diffused and less then full sunlight,
> but still more sunlight then they would have gotten in a shaded
> location.  Anyway, I've noticed that some of them are now starting to
> send up flower scapes on the second year plants - which is what I
> want.  My question, for those who grow their seedlings outdoors, do
> you normally have to wait until the third year to get scapes, or do
> you get some to bloom the second year.
> Joe Halinar
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