HOSTA ARTICLE INDEX


Hosta Propagation Method: Dormant Bud Cuttings [read article]
Hosta propagation via 'bud cuttings' was thought to have been pioneered by Alex Summers some time in the 1960's. The concept is to take advantage of the axillary bud which is located at the base of each leaf on a hosta and coerce it to 'wake up' and become an active plant. The auxiliary hosta bud is a result of the growth of tissue in the meristematic dome (aka "the growing point"). ... [click here to read entire article]

Hosta Propagation Method: Division Basics [read article]
The problem that commercial hosta growers face when trying to increase their supply of hostas is that hostas do not reproduce 'true' when grown from seed. That is, even if you use the pollen to pollinate and create seeds from the same hosta (self crossed), you may not get any seedlings that look like the parent! This curious genetic variability of hostas makes them more difficult to reproduce than ... [click here to read entire article]

Frankenstein Hosta - Tissue Culture and Micropropagation [read article]
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this article is still being edited and as such, is not really ready for publication. it's just here now to remind me to finish writing it. Plant tissue culture, or micropropagation, is a process which is used to reproduce genetically-identical plants from a small piece of a donor plant. This t ... [click here to read entire article]

Hosta Deseases: Hosta Virus X [read article]
As early as 1999 hosta breeders started seeing bizarre looking sports which had blotches and patches of darker leaf tissue within the typically-gold parts of leaves. Initially, these mutants were thought of as just another interesting sport. However one person, Dr. Ben Lockhart of the University of Minnesota, took the time to dig into the new phenomenon and he actually determined that the ... [click here to read entire article]

Mycorrhizae ... WHAT? [read article]
One of the most valuable organisms your soil can have is a fungus known as mycorrhiza, which means “fungus root” in Greek. The full name of the fungus will really make an impression at your next cocktail party: vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza (VAM), a fancy name for a fungus that every gardener should know intimately. Mycorrhizae are fungi that establish a graceful, symbiotic relationship with ... [click here to read entire article]

Collecting and 'Finishing' Hosta Seed Pods with Sugar Water [read article]
When hosta seed pods are ripe they will split open. This usually happens later in September or October in North America. The trick is to pick the pods before the seeds start falling out. If you can't be sure about getting out there in time to catch the opening event, you can tie a cloth bag over your seed pod stalk. Just make sure that the cloth allows plenty of air movement to prevent damaging f ... [click here to read entire article]

The Hosta... An Introduction [read article]
Hostas are hardy clump-forming herbaceous perennials springing from short, sometimes stoloniferous rhizomes with fleshy white roots. The leaves are mostly basal, stalked, large and simple, forming a mound. The flowers are large, tubular, funnel- or bell-shaped with usually six spreading lobes, white to dark purple, the stamens bent, resting on the tube, presented in a raceme at the top of a ... [click here to read entire article]

Hosta Pests: Snails and Slugs [read article]
Several species of slugs and snails are troublesome throughout north America in field crops, home gardens, floricultural plantings and greenhouses. The gray garden slug, Deroceras reticulatum, the gray field slug, Deroceras laeve, and Arion fasciatus, are the most common species of slugs, while the banded wood snail, Cepaea nemoralis, is the most common species of snail. Sightings of the spotted ... [click here to read entire article]

Science Update – Origins of Hosta Virus X [read article]
Hosta Virus X, first discovered in 1996, has been responsible for much damage to hosta plants. While more is gradually becoming known about ways to identify the virus and decrease transmission, relatively little is known about the virus itself, and particularly little about its origins. Those wishing to know more about how this virus originated will be heartened by a very recent (200 ... [click here to read entire article]

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