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I've been 'moaning' that my Hellebores don't seed themselves - but I spotted these two tiny seedlings near my Hellebores today. Two questions - do you think that they are seedlings from the H. orientalis plants, as they seem to be, and how long should I leave them before potting them up, please?


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It is difficult to tell which variety they are until they mature. Leave them as they are and as soon as you get a growing day, you can lift them and pot them up.

22 Feb, 2010

 

I do hope they're not H. foetida, though - they look 'different'.

22 Feb, 2010

 

A "cross" with something else Spritz.....just think you might have some new varieties ther.....you'l be a millionairess before you know it.....lol.....well you can dream....lol.....:0-))

22 Feb, 2010

 

Hellebore seeds tend to fall to the ground around the parent so I would say that these seedlings belong to the nearest hellebore - the secondary leaf looks more like an orientalis than foetida; anyway, whats wrong with foetida?????
I would not be in any hurry to lift them, they look quite happy where they are. Let them produce proper leaves and then lift them as a clump with plenty of soil. You can then take them into the potting shed (kitchen?) and gently separate them and pot them up.

22 Feb, 2010

 

Hellebores are very promiscuous so don't be surprised if the resulting plant is different from the nearest likely parent

22 Feb, 2010

 

As long as they're H. orientalis, I shall be delighted!! Thanks, all.

22 Feb, 2010

 

What I'm saying is they may be H. orientalis crossed with something else. How about H. x henryi? :-)

22 Feb, 2010

 

What fun! A Hellebore with a waggy tail! LOL.

22 Feb, 2010

 

I lift mine in the following year when they have 2 or more leaves. they tend to sit like this for ages.
how exciting :o)

23 Feb, 2010

 

Thanks, Sbg. It is, indeed! :-))

23 Feb, 2010

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