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Hellebore seed pods

Eileen107Eileen107 Posts: 91
a couple of my hellebore plants have produced seed pods. Can anyone tell me what I can do with these & when. They are green & new at the moment.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768
    I leave them, they scatter their seeds and later on, when I find the seedlings growing I move them around to where I want them, or pot them up and give them to friends. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,665
    If you put a paper or greaseproof bag over them(not plastic), when the seedpods pop, the seeds will drop into the bag. Sow immediately into gritty compost and leave in a shady place outside. They will germinate next spring.
    Or do as dove says, it is easier.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    I certainly found, even on heavy clay, that there was a much better germination rate when I let the plant scatter its own seed than when I carefully collected it and cossetted it!
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    I have crossed two of my hellebores hoping to get a new one from the seeds. Carol klein did it on GW tv show so i thought I'd have a go.

    OP you can also wait until the seeds are dark brown and ripe then sow them in a pot and see what you get. 
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