|Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'|
|Masterwort 'Ruby Wedding'|
|An exquisite, deep-red variety of the traditional cottage garden plant.
NOTE: Seeds, when offered, have been collected exclusively from this variety, but since there are other astrantia in the garden there is the possibility of some cross-pollination.
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Astrantia usually germinate very successfully when self-sown, but stored seed can be a little more tricky. For best results, sow seed that is as fresh as possible, shallowly (light is needed for germination) in a greenhouse, February to June, covering with a thin layer of compost. Place the container in a sealed plastic bag. After 2 weeks, place the bag in the fridge for 3-6 weeks. Check often to see if any seeds have germinated, in which case carefully prick them out into small pots and grow on under glass. After the period in cold conditions, return the seeds to warm conditions. If germination has not occurred, repeat the cycle. Acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions, planting out when all danger of frost is past.|