Helleborus x hybridus (Hybrid Lenten Rose) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: Growing hellebores from seed is a somewhat slow process, but buying these seeds when they are fresh, from now to early or mid-July, makes the germination process as easy as possible. Sow the seeds as soon as you get them, about 1/4 inch deep, and set the pot outdoors (in a pot safe from mice) so they are exposed to warm, moist conditions through the summer. They may germinate later in fall, once temperatures cool, but it’s more likely they will sprout next spring. Check regularly to make sure the growing medium does not dry out completely throughout the germination process.

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Hybrid Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus), also known as hybrid hellebores or Orientalis Hybrids (or incorrectly as H. orientalis), are long-lived perennials that typically reach 12 to 18 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They flower in late winter to mid-spring, then send up rich green, palmate foliage that remains evergreen through winter in most areas. The plants tend to be deer-resistant but are not deer-proof. Though Lenten roses are commonly thought of as shade plants, they can perform well with some sun too, particularly in Zone 7 and north, as long as the soil isn’t too dry. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (possibly 4) to 9.

It takes Lenten rose plants several years to reach flowering size from seed. But once they start blooming, they are likely to self-sow, making it easy to expand your collection over the following years, either by collecting the seeds and scattering them in new areas or by allowing the seeds to drop and transplanting the seedlings that appear the following spring. If you don’t need more plants, cut off the flowering stems once the blooms are past their prime: that will make the clumps look tidier and prevent unwanted seedlings.

I collected these seeds on May 30 and 31, 2022, from my collection of many dozens of plants. The resulting seedlings will have a range of typical Lenten rose colors (primarily burgundy-reds, pinks, and white); may be spotted or solid-colored; and are most likely to be single-flowered. There also seem to be some variegated genetics in my stock, occasionally producing splash-type markings on the foliage. I usually find a half-dozen or so variegated seedlings each year, and you too may find some, but no promises. The photos here feature some flowers and plants in my collection but are shown as representations only. I cannot guarantee any particular colors, shapes, or other flower features.

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1 review for Helleborus x hybridus (Hybrid Lenten Rose) [20 Seeds]

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Even though these need a hot period, followed by winter prior to germinating, I actually do have a sprout already. So, I’m impressed.

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