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The Christmas rose can be grown from seeds. However, this is much more complex than propagation by dividing the perennial. In a favorable location, the snow rose will self-seed. For sowing in the pot, you need to collect seeds in time.

If the Christmas roses are not cut after flowering, the seeds will sow themselves

Christmas roses self-seed

If the Christmas rose is not cut after flowering, seeds will ripen in the seed pods. As soon as the capsules open, the seeds fall out and, after a cold period, begin to germinate.

However, this only works well if the soil is as loamy as possible and contains enough lime. The snow rose develops very poorly on sandy soils.

In order to provide for offspring of Christmas roses in the flower bed, all you have to do is provide good plant substrate.

Collect seeds from the Christmas rose

Collect the Christmas rose seeds before the pods open. Cut off the dry capsules and place them in a plastic bag.

If you shake the bag and gently tap it, the seeds will fall out. They should be sown immediately.

Be sure to wear gloves when collecting or later sowing snow rose seeds to protect your skin from the toxic substances.

How to properly sow the seeds

The snow rose is a cold germ. The seeds will not germinate without a longer period of cold. Sowing must therefore take place outdoors.

Prepare a seed tray in which you fill soil from the bed of the mother plant. Provide good drainage.

  • Spread seeds thinly
  • Cover only lightly with soil
  • Pour carefully
  • Separate after emergence
  • Plant in pots or beds

It can take a while until the first flowering

It can take a year for the Christmas rose to bloom. However, there is no guarantee that the new seedlings will have the same flower color as the mother plant.

tips and tricks

The Christmas rose is not only referred to as snow rose or Christmas rose, it is also called hellebore. The reason for this is the ingredient Helleborin, which causes the urge to sneeze when inhaled. Because of the toxicity, the seeds of the Christmas rose may not be used as sneezing powder.

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