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Hellebore seedlings in winter

LeeDLeeD Posts: 20

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.

  • LeeDLeeD Posts: 20

    thanks everyone, makes sense that they survive when they self seed on there own, so outside it is.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    In a seed tray I think wash out in heavy rain would be a bigger problem than cold.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 331

    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. 

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

  • 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!

  • Lena NLena N Posts: 189

    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 image

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