Very excited about this too - I’ve been growing these Hellebores from seed for about three years. They are a special mix of seed from Ashwood Nurseries, and I almost lost all of them in a storm a couple of years ago after gales pulled down my mini growhouse and threw the seedlings everywhere. Picked up every single one and replanted them, and most of them survived! 💚
There are about 80 plants - they were supposed to be planted under my cherry tree but sadly the tree needs an arborist visit next year for some major work and I was worried the guys would trample all over these babies. So they are planted here temp under the laburnum. I’ve been using 9cm deep pots - fantastic for plants like hellebores that grow deep roots. I’ve sunken them into the soil for now to keep them secure over winter. And I think I see flower buds for the first time on quite a few! 🤗
Progress pick on the hellebore seedlings. This is still last years growth, but when I looked closely this years growth is just starting to emerge. Not sure if I should cut off this foliage when they are so young - any tips? I know you do on mature plants but these are still seedlings #isurvivedthestormwithnoname #thestormwithnoname
Lol! Well, I didn’t want to waste all the seedlings, and seeing as they are expensive to buy then I’ve kept them all 😂 there’s about 80 here. Will fill up the woodland walk quite nicely I reckon. @debs69 @suerichards @pelly
Thanks Lin - I think most of these are two years old, small number three years. I’ll do as suggested above, and leave the healthy ones for now. I’m not expecting flowers yet so no real need to cut them off yet @linfoster
@richard.spicer.7906 .......... Wonderful collection Richard ........ I'm no expert , but I wouldn't cut too much off just yet ......... in Hellebore terms they are still babies .......... more photos please as they progress .
Its been a year since these hellebore seedlings germinated, and were rescued from #thestormwithnoname - they are looking a bit rough and ready as they wake up, but still hoping I get one to live to flowering stage. I think I might need to give them a bit of a feed to wake them up properly 🤔
They will grow new leaves soon and bulk up. Yay!!! That's going to be a gorgeous collection! Just 3 more years 😅😅👍 Have you fed them in autumn or are you going to do it in spring? I saw my Christmas hellebore has seedheads developing but the downside of my garden is that it is too small to grow multiples of the same plant. If I did that I wouldn't be able to add new varieties. I'm not a big fan of contemporary gardens in which you have big blocks of the same plant. 😊
And here are the hellebore seedlings, pic also taken on Sunday - At the time, I had sifted through all the dirt for every single one I could find (including ungerminated seeds) and potted them up all individually into plugs - I think it must be about 140 or so in total. Was surprised how tough the seed leaves/roots were, not sure I would have been as lucky if it were something else, but they have all perked up very well 👍🏼 - even some of the ungerminated seeds are now germinating 🙂
Awh fab rescue mission Richard! And all the more special because of it! (I saved some hellebore seeds, nothing germinated for 6 months and I forgot to throw them out - glad I didn’t as they eventually did germinate!) #keepthefaith
It pays to NOT throw away your old attempted sown Hellebore seed. These were sown 18 months ago and have now gone through two winters - I covered them this year in late summer with polythene to increase the humidity, as I read online that Hellebore seeds germinate better if humidity is kept higher otherwise they can have a deep dormancy phase. Then as the temp drops in December they should start germinating - well look at the results!! 😀🌱 almost all of the original 80 seeds have germinated 😳
Second batch of Hellebore seeds sown last weekend 👍🏼 - learnt my lesson last year, where I had a poor first winter germination rate. I think I sowed them too late (end of September instead of July), and they should be sown very fresh. However, I've not thrown the first batch away (they are on the shelf below). There's a chance some will still germinate this winter. I've put some plastic over them to try and keep the humidity up, which apparently helps.
Very surprised to see these Hellebore seeds just starting to germinate 😀 - it's so cold outside too. I have them in my growhouse with the cover off 😯. First of about 80 seeds!! #newgrowth #seedling #hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids
They certainly do @Chester14 - did a bit of research before I bought and definitely preferred Ashwood's selection of colours. I would have bought plants but I didn't realise how expensive hellebores can be. At least seeds were much cheaper and I'll have more satisfaction in growing them 😀
Fingers crossed these will germinate - 80(ish) Hellebore seeds sowed on 25th September. One pot for each colour 😉 - I hope I'm not too late as I think the advice I found on the net suggests sowing between July and August. Oh well, lets see what happens! #seeds #seeds-hellebore #seedsowing #hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids
Morning Justin, I think they are very slow to germinate so don't hold your breath! A friend gave me a clump of hellebores and there were some seedlings which I potted up. That was last year and they have barely grown at all. Look healthy though.