The hellebore plants actually make a delightful addition to any garden, the hellebore plants has showy flowers that look like roses in shades of pink, yellow, and even deep purple. Actually these flowers may differ if you plant the hellebore seed pods, with the new hellebore plants offering even greater color variations. If you are really interested in growing hellebore plants from seed, you need to learn how to collect hellebore seeds and also learn some simple tips to ensure that the hellebore seed propagation is successful. Continue reading to learn more about hellebore plants.  


How to Propagate Hellebores

Hellebore plants are beautiful plants that usually produce seeds in springtime. The hellebore seeds actually grow in seed pods that appear once the blossoms are spent, usually in late spring or early summer. You may actually be tempted to hold off on planting hellebore seeds until fall or even the following spring. Nevertheless, this is a mistake, since a delay in planting can prevent the hellebore seed propagation.


Where is the Best Place to Plant Hellebores?

If you actually want to be successful with seed grown hellebores, you need to get those hellebore seed pods into the ground as quickly as possible. In the wild, the hellebore seed pods are “planted” as soon as they drop to the ground. In fact, you may see an example of this in your own garden. You are likely to have seed grown hellebores appear in frustrating numbers just under the “mother” plant. The hellebore seed pods you carefully saved to plant in containers the following spring will produce few or no seedlings. The trick is to actually start planting the hellebore seeds in late spring or early summer, just as Mother Nature does. Your success at growing hellebore plants from seeds may depend on it.


How to Grow Hellebore from Seeds

Hellebore plants thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones three through nine. If you already have hellebore plants in your garden, you don’t really need to worry about this. If you will be growing hellebore plants from seeds and get some from a friend in another region, take note. If you want to know how to grow hellebore plants from seeds, start out with good potting soil in flats or containers. Sow the hellebore seeds on top of the soil, and then cover them with a very thin layer of potting soil. Most experts suggest topping this with a thin layer of fine grit. The key to successfully germinating the hellebore seeds is by providing regular light irrigation all summer long. Don’t allow the soil to dry out and also don’t keep it wet either. You can keep the flat outside in an area similar to where you will plant the hellebore seedlings. You can leave them outside through fall and winter. In winter they will germinate. You can move the hellebore seedlings to its own container when it has produced two sets of leaves.  

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