Hellebores

(Zone 7a)

I planted my hellebores 2 or 3 years ago and it haven't bloomed yet. It is in what I think is the right conditions. What could be the problem?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I am not familiar with hellebores, but have read that that many of them do not bloom until the third year... I hope these links may be of use to you.

http://www.helleborus.us/ProducingFloweringH.html

http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au/Articles/Growing_Hellebores.html

http://www.growsonyou.com/question/show/6328-hellebores

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hellebore/msg0415163830947.html

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Mine took awhile to bloom

What conditions do you have them planted in? Mine are on the north side of the house mostly shady

(Zone 7a)

Thanks both of you, I think it's probably too close to my Japanese Maple and fighting with the roots, guess I'll have to move it. The links "themoonhowl" listed helped. MaryK_38

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are most welcome MaryK. I am glad they were of use to you.

Moon

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Interesting - mine are in an area that receives afternoon sun, but not a lot of it. They are kind of in an alcove, so as you can imagine what sun there is limited, but can be rather hot. I have hydrangeas planted in there as well.

This will be the 3rd year that mine have been in. I am now thinking if they don't flower this year, perhaps they should be moved. Thoughts?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I think Hellebores follow the old 3 year adage...first year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap. That being said, From what I have read I think they would be most happy in an area that gets some good morning sun/bright light and bright shade in the afternoon. Carolyn, did you check out the above links? Seems the general consensus is blooms after the third year.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Moon -

I did check them out. I seem to be getting the opposite - shade in the am and sun in the pm. I may end up moving them this spring. We will see - this is their 3rd year.

Thanks for the help. ^_^

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are most welcome Carolyn...just wish I could be of more help. I tried to grow Hellebores here two or three times over the years with no success...I think my winters are too wet and warm and my summers are too wet and hot....some things just don't like the deep south. grin

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Moon

I would take your weather over mine. I bet clematis love your weather. ^_^

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Yes Ma'am...most of them grow like weeds here. We have our share of weather drawbacks, but at least we rarely get snow and that is a big plus for me...GRIN

Alexandria, VA

Mine took quite a number of years to bloom - it's in mostly full, dense shade but gets a bit of light over the winter. Mine is a greenish white color and it's not very attractive to be honest, but the leaves are nice and it's a good sized plant so I leave it be.

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