Hostas are one of the easier plants to propagate and there are several techniques which are used to make more hostas for our landscapes. The propagation techniques most commonly used include:

Designer Hostas: Take pieces of different hostas and plant them together to form a "new" plant.

Discovering New Species: Although it doesn't happen very often, new species of hostas are still being discovered.

Division of Crowns: This is the most common way hostas have been traditionally propagated both commercially and in the home garden.

Hormone Treatments: Chemical hormones have been used to more rapidly multiply the buds on the crowns of hostas.

Rossizing: A unique mechanical technique for rapidly increasing the size of a hosta clump.

Seeds or Hybridizing: Combining the genetic material from different hostas either by bees or people resulting in seeds.

Sport Fishing: Hostas as a genus tend to produce more spontaneous mutations than many other types of plants.

Tissue Culture: This high tech method of making divisions currently produces a high percentage of all plants sold in the marketplace.

 

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