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Re: Seeds and Maturation

  • Subject: Re: Seeds and Maturation
  • From: Jaspersail@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 01:06:24 EDT

Bill wrote:

<<another woman called, Maureen, suggested we stick the flower scapes into a 
fresh potato, saying it works with her Iris flower stalks, to ripen these 

I haven't had any success with the 'scapes'n'spuds' technique.  I've tried 
yukon, russet, and red potatoes, but none seem to have enough internal 
moisture to keep the scape from drying out.  Perhaps it would be more 
successful with potatoes rooted in water...  (I asked Maureen if she uses 
rooted potatoes and she said 'no.')

Bill also wrote:

<<Considering everything, hosta seed can be ripened via seed stalk soaking 
quite effectively, on the short term basis, but then, those very late season 
flowering hostas, like say longipes types, have never shown any seed 
germination.  longipes types, which require over a month to ripen their seeds 
this way, have never shown me any germination at all from seed stalk ripening 
routines?   >>

I'll let you know if it works for me, Bill.  I'm currently maturing about 15 
scapes, most from longipes-derivative hostas, in sugar water.  I haven't 
added fungicide or bleach yet, but probably will at some point.  This morning 
I self-pollinated 5 flowers on a scape that was cut 4 days ago.  Hopefully I 
can keep this scape going long enough to see if viable seeds are produced.

John Christensen
Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zone 5

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