Helleborus looks like a cool perennial for here in the Denver area.
They say it blooms in late winter. How neat.
It's also supposed to be good for shade and part shade. The area
where I'd like to plant some, is on an embankment that's mostly
shaded by some trees in summer but of course they have no leaves in
winter, but I guess that would be ok for this plant?
They also say it's evergreen. Really? Here in Denver or in southern
But I see the seed sellers on Ebay are only selling a few seeds at
a time and they're pricey. Why is that? It isn't one of those
plants that's very hard to get seeds started for, is it?
Do the seeds take like 6 months to germinate or anything?
I like more of a sure thing, where I can just plant seeds and they
go for it.
don't bother with seeds honey, go to Southwest Gardens on 4114 Harlan
Street, in Wheat Ridge and ask for Cary West (phone number 423-5606) no he
doesn't have Hellebore, but he has other incredible things that will grow
there. (there's another garden center close by, but I can't remember the
name.....sorry, it's been seven years since I perused the nurseries, but at
least Southwest Gardens is still in business!!) if you go there, tell Cary
that "the madgardener in Eastern Tennessee who called you sent me" and he'll
have a good laugh and you'll find some awesome plants..............
let me know how you do!
then I guess you'll have to order them from Bluestone Perennials, or
Heronswood Nurseries or White Flower Farm or hunt around and find a mail
order company that has them. I have seedlings I could send a few of them
before it gets too hot............anyone on the western area know of a
source for Hellebore?
Here is a plant place
Cricklewood Nursery, 11907
Nevers Road, Snohomish
Seeds below and btw this post is driving my my spell checker crazy ;))
According to the Book Hellebores ISBD 0-88192-266-8 which costs US 29.95
wow. But the pics alone give a glimpse of what can be. I think of these
plants as almost being small scrubs.
Anyway it says Hellebore seed can be imported into the U.S. from Europe.
So we start with a U.S. Source.
PO Box 857
Fowlerville, Michigan 48836
Romiley, Stockport, SK6 3DS
Jim & Jenny Archibald
Dyfed SA44 5SB
Last two source are from the United Kingdom.
S Jersey USA Zone 5 Shade
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he doesn't HAVE to grow them from seed. I'm willing to prick out a few
seedlings from my three different varieties and send them to him if he
absolutely doesn't want to get up off of the $13 for a gallon pot (that's a
good price, by the way) but I've not heard back yet.
madgardener who knows how to spell Hellebore..........LOL
- Does 56 cents per plant sound better than $13.00 each at a nursery?
- Is it possible they're not as easy to get seeds from than other plants?
- A google search for "hellebore seeds" turned up quite a few results. Have
you tried that?
- Yes. They can take 6 months. They might also require stratification:
If they're saying 6 months, then that may answer the other question below,
about stratification. More research is in order for you. "Seed Starter's
Handbook", by Nancy Bubel (sp?). Check your library. I know it sounds
bizarre that seeds can take that long to sprout, when you consider that
marigolds pop out in about 48 hours. But, the plants have their own reasons
for doing things. Sort of like cats.
Perhaps their natural habitat is in deep woods, where shade can exist behind
embankments, or around tall evergreens. At home, you can give them some
winter protection by banking leaves against them, observing the patterns of
light on your property and planting accordingly, or using other plants to
provide the necessary conditions.
See above, and take a close look at this site. I suspect it might have some
information about hellebores, but I'm not sure:
the older leaves will start looking raggedy, but resist the urge to prune or
tidy them, and come late winter, the new leaves will rise from the old ones
in the center, and eventually a bloom spike and viola! you're in business.
You might want to wait until the end of the season and see if you can get
any on sale. I picked up four last August and paid $10 for the lot. They
have beautiful flowers on them right now. I saw an ad in a local nursery's
flyer last week advertsing Hellebores 1 for $30 or 2 for $50. Insane
Good luck finding some. They are worth it if you can get them at a
Too bad Home Depot doesn't sell plants like that. You could walk in right
now, ask for the manager, and say "Look...you're gonna start killing all
your nursery stock in about a month, and then try to sell it all really
cheap. Why not just sell me some of those plants now, at the damaged goods
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