Growing Hosta And Sikokianum From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Ringwood, NJ
Question by D6770
March 3, 2001
I am an experienced gardener and have been staring seds under light for over 30 years. Thismyear I am trying two new plants from seed, Hostaa and Arisema Sikokianum. Any guidance you could give me would be appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2001

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According to the Thompson & Morgan Successful Seed Raising Guide, hosta seeds can be placed in a plastic bag with some barely damp soilless mix or peat moss and kept in the refrigerator for several weeks to provide a cool stratification period prior to planting (or they can be planted outside in the fall). Check them periodically for swelling or signs of sprouting. After planting in a moist yet well drained mix, the seeds germinate at a cool soil temperature (55 to 60 degrees), and may take 30 to 90 days.

According to the above, general instructions for Arisaema indicate the seeds may take between 30-180 days to germinate, also at a cool temperature of 55 to 60 degrees. The seeds require light to germinate and should be planted lightly in a well drained mix.

You might also find the following article by Tony Avent of interest as he addresses your plant:

Arisaema, Arisaema, Arisaema(Cobra Lily, Jack in the Pulpit) at http://www.plantdel.com/JCMax/... and may also want to look into information available through the International Aroid Society at http://www.aroid.org/ since your seeds are from Japan rather than the typical wildflower.

Good luck with your seeds!







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