Posted: 18/11/2013 at 11:42
Sounds brilliant value Berghill.
I do tend to buy varieties I really want and then divide them. They are then cost effective.
Plants are very expensive now but if bought during the dormant season can be a lot cheaper....I.e. may be smaller but will grow quickly in spring. As always, shop around.
Re the hellebores at hayloft, they are so small that another year or two passes before they flower. It is TIME. For me, it is better to buy flowering size plants for NOW. You can actually see the flower colour too on arrival sometimes. Interestingly, hayloft often offers plugs in threes for same cost I can purchase a full size plant for in a 3 litre pot. By the time hayloft plugs flower I may have my own seedlings. Its not just with hellebores......they have same system with most of their perennials. I bought new varieties of agastache last year for less than hayloft charged for their plugs. My agastaches provided fantastic show all summer and I now have divided them and planted them in 1 litre pots to,provide an even better display next year.
Hellebores apparently resent being divided but I find they respond very well to it without affecting the flowering.