Posted: 20/11/2013 at 00:21
I know where you are coming from but if you are buying a bare root plant it's not a big jump to buy a fully grown version. It's about time. I want it to perform this year not in two,years' time. As I said I still have the satisfaction of seeing my own seedlings grow too and a couple of those have been quite lovely. buying three plugs of the same variety when one full sized flowering plant costs the same....well. For me it's a no-brainer.
I have propagated and begged my full share of plants,over the years but now want quality. No matter what the size, huge thought goes Imto every plant I grow.
I do envy those who propagate by gathering seed (I'm a cuttings man) because I simply have no such long term confidence. Here and now for me. I will get one more hellebore soon for flowering in feb or march 2014...why wait for a plug or bare root to show the odd flower possibly in 2016?