Posted: 23/03/2013 at 17:12
There's a huge discrepancy between Adam's lovely happy-go-lucky approach to sowing hellebore seeds and the instructions on my seed packet, bought from a well-known seed company. I am directed to sow them indoors, kept in a polythene bag with gentle heat for 3 months, then put them in the fridge for 3 months, and finally get them out and repeat the gentle heat regime for another 3 months. If no germination, it says repeat the whole process! Always one for a challenge, I am doing just that, but time hangs heavy and I wonder if the seed company is having a laugh! In fact, I wonder how hellebores survive when left to themselves - they should be extinct by now! What would happen if I just scattered them outdoors as Adam does...? Meanwhile (hedging my bets) I have gone out and bought a nice mature hellebore plant to start me off. Can I expect to be able to split it when I come to plant it out? I'm looking for value for money, and hoping I can propagate it in this way to get 2 or 3 plants out of it.