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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.
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
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.
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???
That's how my seedlings look too Oakley, but they look Oakley so I think it's okay.
Oops, I meant they look healthy
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
Just waiting for summer, like me
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
and then you will have more seedlings than you know what to do with
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.
Picked up my Roma's today - lovely pink. Will find them a nice spot at the weekend
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.
Thanks Verd, I have quite a few hellebores so will put them there and see how they get on.
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
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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