Hosta Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Searcy, AR
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Question by ecoleenmcc
February 16, 1998
I have just purchased my second encyclopedia on Gardening. The latest one was the Victory Garden. It tells how you can start hostas from seeds. I have been to the local nursery and they say that can not be done because they are bulbs. But I have checked into other books and find that they can in deed be started from seeds. Where can I find some, if they can be started from seeds?

Answer from NGA
February 16, 1998
With all due respect to your nursery person, hosta can absolutely be grown from seed. I have a garden full of 'Francis Williams' and 'August Moon' to prove it. Now, it does require patience, it takes about 5 years to get a substantial plant. But way. I harvested seed from a friend's hosta after the blooms had gone to seed. If you would like to purchase hosta seed it is available from SBE Exotic Seed at

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