Hostas forum: How long are hosta seed viable?

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
Apr 3, 2016 2:46 PM CST
I came across some seed the other day for Sagae. They were hanging around in the outdoor shed all winter, and I'm not sure if they're from 2014 or 2015. Does anyone have any idea if they are still viable?

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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Apr 3, 2016 4:12 PM CST
There's a very good chance they are still viable. I know they will keep years if frozen. You've got nothing to lose to try them. Try starting them on a damp coffee filter sealed in a plastic bag. That way you can see what germinates and plant only those that are already growing.

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