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RE: Freezing Hosta Seeds (pros and cons?)

  • Subject: RE: Freezing Hosta Seeds (pros and cons?)
  • From: "Pinterics, Michael W (MED)" <Michael.Pinterics@med.ge.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 07:27:11 -0600


I've only grown hosta seed for about 2 yrs now, this
will be my 3rd season.  The previous two years I did
freeze the seed and was satisfied with the germaination
results.  This year I did not.  I only planted the 
seed a few days ago so I don't have any results to
compare to.  

Hoping for the best.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Nash [mailto:raffi@sympatico.ca]
Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2001 11:32 AM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Freezing Hosta Seeds (pros and cons?)

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
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
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

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