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24/06/2013 at 09:49

I too love astrantias and would love to have more.  Do they grow well from seed, I think I read somewhere you have to put them in and out of the fridge etc.

24/06/2013 at 09:51

forget messing around in the fridge LL. Just sow them in a pot, Cover them with grit and leave them outside or in a cold GH for the winter. They'll germinate in the spring

24/06/2013 at 10:27

My neighbour gave me some seedlings this year which I need to plant out when they're bigger.  What conditions do they like?  It's a red Astrantia Major.

24/06/2013 at 10:29

Oohhh...mmeeeeee. I love them. I planted some seeds last autumn and they are still coming up now. Am I right in saying that they are very slow in growing? I have 6 which have taken but they seem to be taking forever. I mean, the seedlings only have 3 leaves on each at the most. Is that normal or am I doing something wrong???

24/06/2013 at 10:45

That's how my seedlings look too Oakley, but they look Oakley so I think it's okay.

24/06/2013 at 10:45

Oops, I meant they look healthy

24/06/2013 at 11:14

lol. Mine look healthy too...they just need a fire under them to wake em up lol. Thanks Lindsay. Gives me a little confidence that yours are the same 

24/06/2013 at 12:24

Just waiting for summer, like me

24/06/2013 at 12:43

Lindsay, they like moist, semi shade, good soil and room to grow.  Mine do get plenty of sun too but they are in areas of good deep soil.  I tend to grow them with my hellebores.....as the hellebores go over the astrantias are growing.  They like similar comditions

24/06/2013 at 14:03

and then you will have more seedlings than you know what to do with

25/06/2013 at 20:18

Oohhh...mmeeeeee. I love them. I planted some seeds last autumn and they are still coming up now. Am I right in saying that they are very slow in growing? I have 6 which have taken but they seem to be taking forever. I mean, the seedlings only have 3 leaves on each at the most. Is that normal or am I doing something wrong???

25/06/2013 at 20:24

Forget pans of seed compost under the plants, fridges etc. Just look under the parent plants and you will find babies every year, which you can pot on, for free, and no great effort or skill on your part.

25/06/2013 at 22:08

Picked up my Roma's today - lovely pink.  Will find them a nice spot at the weekend

25/06/2013 at 22:24

V. My astrantias are i full sun all day and seem to thrive. If I put them with my helebores they would be in deep shade at present!

Oakley W. yes they are a steady performer, getting a bit bigger by the year.

25/06/2013 at 22:28

Thanks Verd, I have quite a few hellebores so will put them there and see how they get on.

25/06/2013 at 23:58

Actually i don't really have much shade in my garden really.  I have created partial shade for Astrantias, hellebores, etc and I have them where the soil is deep, rich and moist.  All my plants receive plenty of sunshine too so Woody I would guess that although you grow astrantias in full sun they prob are in good soil too.  It's the moisture they need.

Lindsay, I just think hellebores and astrantias are such good bedfellows along with astilbes, acteas, aconitums, dicentras and the like

 

26/06/2013 at 23:30
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

V. My astrantias are i full sun all day and seem to thrive. If I put them with my helebores they would be in deep shade at present!

Oakley W. yes they are a steady performer, getting a bit bigger by the year.

Thats great Wonderboy. Thankyou  I feel a little better now lol. Was starting to worry a little

KEF
27/06/2013 at 07:15

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