Helleborus and Paeonia seedling questions

Jadeboy48@aol.com Jadeboy48@aol.com
Mon, 08 Apr 2013 02:48:53 PDT
If you want to keep seeds humid just get a large clear plastic food bag 
over the top of the pot . Maybe put a bamboo stake to prevent the bag from  
hitting the seedlings. Water the pot by putting it in a container as deep  
as the soil.Let dirt soak for a couple minutes then put on rack an let 
drain.  Don't take bag on and off. You can even tape the bag to the pot. It is 
just like  the conditions in a greenhouse but keep pot out of hot sun or 
plants will  overheat. You want bright light for good growth but not heat that 
cooks  everything. It can get very hot in full sun in the summer. Good luck. 
You may  contact me at _jadeboy48@aol.com_ (mailto:jadeboy48@aol.com)  but 
get  some books and read what others have done . you might get some good 
ideas!Russ (  I have dropped out of the message circle)
In a message dated 4/7/2013 9:34:39 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
arcangelow@yahoo.com writes:

Hello  all. I hope these are close enough to bulbs for me to submit these  

First is that I have a pot of seedlings of Helleborus  vesicarius. I 
planted them in Fall 2011. They all sprouted within a week of  eachother in 
January 2013 after a cold week with lows of 28F/-3C. I have two  grown plants, and 
all the literature says the first year only the cotyledons  sprout. This 
whole group of seedlings has also gotten their first true leaves.  Has anyone 
seen this before? Here is a  photo:


Another  related question. I have grown several Paeonia from seed. They 
have all  sent up a leaf very soon after their root emerges from the seed [in 
the  first winter I mean]. Right now I am watching a very slow germination of 
a  seed from Jenny Archibald's last list. Listed as "Paeonia sp. nova" from 
NW  Iran. As you can see from the photo, the root seems to be splitting to 
allow  the leaf sprout. But if the leaf doesn't emerge, how do I care for 
this plant  over the summer/dry season? Thanks very much and here is the  


Thanks  very much if anyone can help.
Arcangelo Wessells
Coastal Northern  California
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