One of the things I like best about hostas is how easy it is to grow more hostas from seed. For the past several years I have been collecting seed each fall and growing seedlings under lights through the winter. By spring I have good-sized hostas that are as beautiful as any hostas I could buy, and each has amazingly different characteristics. It is commonly said that the only hostas you get from seed are the “plain green” variety, but this is just not true. No two seedlings will look exactly alike… a hosta seedling will not be a copy of the parent hosta… and seeds from the same hosta can produce very different looking plants. Often seedlings will show characteristics that seem to come out of nowhere, like twisted tips and scalloped edges on seedlings when I have no adult hostas with either. Many of my seedlings have developed into hostas that closely resemble many of the “named” varieties.
Here are some of my seedlings grown from seeds collected from my own hostas… as you can see, they have some very different looks.