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04/02/2014 at 10:59

I've tried twice with seeds and had no luck on germination. They are indoors in multi compost and perlite and I've had them lightly covered with soil and uncovered but no success. Any suggestions?

 

04/02/2014 at 11:10

Outdoors, they need a chill. Best sown in autumn. But worth getting as cold as you can now. 

This applies to a lot of hardy perennials. It's what happens naturally. Seed is set, shed, and either germinates immediately of in spring. Hardy perennials never need heat to germinate, it's not what they expect.

Some seeds will germinate whatever you do with them but some, apiaceae (eg astrantias) and ranunculaceae (eg hellebores) in particular, are fussy about it

04/02/2014 at 18:09

Thanks Nut, I'll stick the pots outside and see if that frightens them into action.

17/04/2014 at 21:05

Remembered this thread and just thought I would post a pic of my Astrantia poking through this week

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42632.jpg?width=264&height=350&mode=max

 

17/04/2014 at 21:50

I 'd forgotten about this thread! Good to see Matt, mine are a bit larger/further on, i'll take a photo tomorrow.

17/04/2014 at 21:58

I only planted mine last summer, I guess as it gets older it will become stronger and stronger

17/04/2014 at 22:03

Mine looks like yours Matt - they seem to be one of the last to reappear

17/04/2014 at 22:11

Mine is called Astrantia Florence. My Gaillardia is just appearing too. Havent seen much sign of my Illumination Foxglove yet.

I'll go and have a look to see if I can spot it tomorrow as its the only thing yet to show its face

17/04/2014 at 22:43

I bought some white and pink Astrantia cheap from a car boot some years ago. I thought I had lost them as everything in the flower bed near my pond get eaten by slugs. Then all of a sudden I had a large clump. This I have replanted in my dry shady part beside the house. But the beautiful deep red one I bought from a garden centre last year, just got chewed away overnight! Yep! The wrong flower bed again. Waiting to see what colours I have coming up this year.

17/04/2014 at 22:58

I have a few different varieties of astrantia. Some have lots of foliage and others just small shoots.  I divided Roma last October and its looking good.  Earlyness depends on variety and position.....Earlier in open site. 

18/04/2014 at 21:16

Mine seem to be well up, pink ones and red ones, I don't know names as they came with the garden, but they are prolific self seeders, not quite as bad as the hellibores though.

19/04/2014 at 16:42

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42741.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 here's mine, also one of the last plants to come up.

19/04/2014 at 16:46

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42743.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

That's the right way up!

19/04/2014 at 16:48
20/04/2014 at 08:26

Last time I checked mine weren't coming up but Il have another peek later today!

20/04/2014 at 10:52

I think a little more patience. Lots of us seem to be waiting??

20/04/2014 at 14:10

I've got a flower on one of mine

21/04/2014 at 07:49

One of mine has started peeking through the top of the ground, I can't see the other but that one is amongst a lot of Aquilega's so it's probably hiding lol

25/04/2014 at 20:05

Take care weeding  .

25/04/2014 at 20:21

My darker ones are flowering.

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