WHITE CHRISTMAS ROSE Helleborus
Helleborus are absolutely stunning perennial flowers that are widely admired! Foliage is dark green, shiny, and evergreen even in the coldest climates. White flowers begin to bloom as the snow is receding, and continue through spring creating a magnificent display. Flower last for many weeks, and as they fade they turn a jade green color (as shown in images), and remain into summer that way. Helleborus can be best appreciated when planted near the front of the perennial border. We have been growing these plants for a number of years in our zone 4 gardens, and they are always a welcomed sight of elegant color! Of all of the Helleborus seeds that we sell, this one is the quickest to germinate!
Type: Perennial, evergreen foliage
Location: Part shade or full shade
Hardiness zones: 4-9
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Helleborus seeds can take weeks or months to germinate, so patience is required. They are worth the wait, and will reward you with years of enjoyment!
Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall, winter, or early spring, while temperatures are still cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist.