Helleborus corsicus Pacific Frost
- Flowers: Winter to Spring
- Position: Sun or part shade
- Soil: Well drained
- Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9
- Height: 18 inches
- Germination: Challenging
- Aftercare: Care and Understanding
- Ideal for: Border
The best variegated Helleborus from seed! The stunning foliage, dappled in pink and cream, is a delight in early spring and summer, when cropped with the delicate green cupped flowers. A sparkling species, sure to create a talking point in the spring garden.
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Sow seed in pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. After sowing, seal container inside a polythene bag and leave at around 20C (68F) for 3 months. Then, place the container and bag into a refrigerator (not freezer) for a further 3 months. Then, return to 20C. Germination can be slow.
An alternative method of germination is to sow as follows: Sow seed in pots or trays of good seed compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. After sowing, seal container inside a polythene bag and place in a cold frame or sheltered part of the garden. Check regularly and ensure compost does not dry out. Germination can take up to a year. The methods recommended to germinate this particular variety of seed are a simulation of how the seeds germinate in natural conditions. By following these instructions, you should achieve maximum success.
Examine container regularly and carefully transplant individual seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays. If germination has not occurred within this period, then repeat the cycle as shown above. When well grown, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out 45cm (18in) apart in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.
Harmful if eaten. Skin irritant.