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Freezing Hosta Seeds (pros and cons?)

  • Subject: Freezing Hosta Seeds (pros and cons?)
  • From: Bill Nash <raffi@sympatico.ca>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 12:31:58 -0500

Question: Does anyone believe, that stratification (freezing?) of hosta 
seeds provides for better sprouting/germination?

Yes, I do! (ie..Bill Nash Guelph Ontario Canada)

Preamble, as to the reason why...
                                                 I've noticed each Autumn, 
that freshly collected, dried and cleaned hosta seeds; when sown 
immediately, do not provide for very good germination?

On the other hand, hosta seeds from these same collected batches; and 
which, have been placed inside air-tight containers, and kept inside a 
freezer for storage: provides for a much better sprouting when taken out 
and sown even just a few weeks later.

The above leads me to conclude: that hosta stratification, does indeed 
provide for better germination?

Further to the above, I think I've seen that some very well known hosta 
seed experts (Peter Ruh for example?) have had a note included with seeds 
received from same: "to put the seeds in a freezer or fridge for a few 
weeks, before sowing?

I would be interested to hear any thoughts on this 
*HOSTA-SEED-CHILLING-QUESTION* (pros and/or cons?) and thank you kindly in 


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