Talkback: Growing hellebores from seed
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I noticed lots of very tiny, thin, silvery worms in the compost of my hellebore and also some brown grubs about the size of a large maggot. Does anyone know what they are? I picked out as many as I could and put on the bird table but there must be a lot more in the container.
Can we split the plants to get several smaller ones? If so, when would be the best time of year to do this?
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.
Hellebores don't like root disturbance so if you do split it it will at best sulk and at worst die. I'd plant it as it is and hope it makes babies and then maybe split it in a couple of years when you have reserves.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Some seed company s make things sound so complicated.
I don't think they will flower for about 4 years though.
Having potted on plantlets from my hellebores it has taken two years for four leaves to grow to any size.
They haven't died off in the two winters and are bright and shiny. Maybe they will flower this year.
Really haven't considered splitting the mature plant as it seem ok as it is. More plantlets to pot-up mind.
Assume the colour will be true to the mother plant whether split or planlet. I say this becausemine is the deep burgandy colour (sorry tired mind, cant think of the name)
From a plantlet my neighbour had given the colour was a softer shade.
Something to look-up tomorrow....speak later.