I have some hellebore seedlings just coming through in a seed tray, is it best to put it in to a cold greenhouse over winter or leave it outside?
Verdun, I've go some ( 1 inch tall) growing in quite big and deep pots in a sheltered spot at the side of the g/house , will they be OK? They look too tiny to plant out and face the elements!
OK thanks Tetley, I wasn't too sure what to do as I was given mine.
thanks everyone, makes sense that they survive when they self seed on there own, so outside it is.
In a seed tray I think wash out in heavy rain would be a bigger problem than cold.
I agree with nutcutlet and would keep a seedtray in a cold greenhouse or very sheltered spot Hellebores are tough but soaking compost that then gets frozen (if we do get hard frosts this winter) may damage the roots.
Like Tetley, I have 'naturalised' seedlings at the edge of my main hellebore bed: plan is to leave them 'while spring & 'tiffle' around their roots as I tidy the bed at flowering time (anytime soonish late Dec - Jan 2016 with us). *The bigger seedlings might get their own 6" pot, else 3 titchy ones in ditto to grow on and make a separate bed late spring....? working plan with minimal disturbance, I hope??
My hellebore seedlings spend the winter in small pots in a sheltered corner outside - the biggest threat to their survival is the attention of slugs and snails.
True words, Dove: the little b***s seem to take a delight in molesting my favourite plants, wherever I hide them! *Winter weather here in coastal SW Wales is soo mild, they seem to be hungry all year and never 'go to earth' as they ought! Grrrrh!
I've got some seedlings which have been growing in seed trays outdoors since the summer - digitalis, salvia, sweet Williams, lupins. I don't have a gh but I do have one of those mini gh with a plastic cover which is in a sheltered spot. I'm hoping that will be ok as I have way too many seedlings to bring inside the house!
Got a bit carried away this year