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Greetings All,
Several people have asked about receiving seed from Lakeside Knickknack. 
Yesterday I discovered it will not be possible for me to ship seed.  As I was 
applying pollen from tortifrons to L K flowers, I decided to check the 
maturity of the seed from some of the earlier crosses. Even though the pods 
are not brown nor have they cracked, I discovered that the seed had not only 
sprouted a root which is not unusual but many of them already had small 
leaves.  On four pods of a cross of Lakeside Knickknack and Lakeside Baby 
Face I counted 22 seed that already had leaves.  The others have roots 
showing.  What a job it is to separate those delicate roots and leaves 
without destroying the plants. Some of the roots are as much as an inch and 
have become bound together.  After my fingers became numb I used a wood 
toothpick to release the seeds from the pods.  By gently pushing from the 
stem end toward the flower end I can work the seed loose. I have worked at 
this for two days and will have to spend at least two more days to complete 
the seed that are hurting.  It seems that all of my seed have some roots 
showing but some pod parents have less than others.  If anyone has pods on 
Lakeside Knackknack, will you please contact me if you have seed that have 
sprouted?  I have been told that this only occurs in the South but since the 
weather was rather warm in the North this year I wonder if the characteristic 
has shown up other places.  I wonder if it is heat related or if it is a 
longer growing season that causes seed to germinate in the pods.
I now have trays of little green plants showing where the seed were only 
picked a few hours earlier.  Since my seed must be planted at once, I will 
not be able to contribute to the seed bank.  I was looking forward to 
receiving seed from this vast collection that could offer new genes for my 
Guess this is just another trial of growing hostas in the South. 
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