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Talkback: Growing hellebores from seed

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.

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