I am interested in adding hellebores to my garden...having been late in discovering their beauty. Must I plant them in the fall or can I plant them in the spring so that I can tell how they will fit in with other bulbs...the locations of the other bulbs isn't visible in the fall.
Also, is there enough interest in Hellebores to have a separate forum?
I will definitely support a dedicated forum. It was the first thing I looked for when I joined in March and I just felt I was too new to suggest it myself.
As far as planting them, I've planted them in the spring and they've been fine. In fact I have 3 waiting to go in as soon as my last 2 jack-in-the-pulpits show themselves so I don't accidentally dig them up.
Twice I tried to raise hellebores from seed. Even after following the rather complicated directions, none germinated. So I gave up and just bought a few pots and stuck them in the ground in May. They have done well, and even survived being transplanted to a new house. Recently I even got a volunteer seedling which I hope will bloom next year.
On April 10 in this forum there was a post about Immanence series hellebores whose picture looked quite nice.
OK, all you Hellebore geniuses! I have a few questions about Hellebores. I looked them up here in the plant files and it says they like light shade. I have a spot I would like to put some and in the spring it gets quite a bit of sun but then as the trees leaf out it is fairly shady most of the day-do you think they would do OK here? Also, do they need winter protection in zone 4?
I have heard that said too, about Hellebores not liking their feet wet. Of course,this was AFTER I planted a bunch of Orientalis in an area that in spring time stays saturated from melted snow and spring rains. The area is sandy but still holds water. I then read that Orientalis is the most tolerate of wet conditions (my garden angel was watching over me). These plants are on their own, I do not water them. The rest of the year it is pretty dry and they seem to be happy.
I love hellebores and they grow very well in my garden regardless of sun, shade, moisture or dryness. They seed around very happily and they have produced some lovely seedlings. I'd say go for it and give them a try. If you buy them in pots they can be planted at any time providing the soil is not too wet or frozen! I think a forum on hellebores would be very well supported!
I have acouple of hellobores and im really trying very hard do theylike slightly acidic soil? I think they ar so pretty I had two and moved them because they were doing absolutly nothing now they are growing alittle. They actually have new shoots coming up!!! When is the time that they blossom? Probably past huh?
If you live in the US your hellebores should be flowering by now. They normally produce the new leaves after the flowers so as long as they are doing that they are ok so just leave them and you might get flowers next year.
Gardenlady, Hellebores like neutral to slightly alkalic soil. They love to get a gift of leaf mould. The soil should be humus rich, well drained but humid. If your soil tends to the acidic, they would appreciate a gift of seaweed chalk.
linjasar your photo is absolutly beautiful. I can not wait until mine actually start flowering the flowers are so pretty. bonitin I have never heard of seaweed chalk. What other plants like sea weed chalk? I guess I would just go to my local gardening store to purchase? I love this site I have learned so much info. Ive been gardening for about 10+ years but have more room in my brain!!!!! Thanks for the info. Ronna
At last ! Of the five packets of seed I tried to start three years ago there were four plants that survived, and of those one has come into bloom. The pups chewed up the plant tags so I don't know what they are, but I've been wanting a white one for a long time. Now to set this little one in the ground and wait for some good seed.
I just wanted share, I had some seeds sent to me from England, last summer, I planted them in July they have just now sprouted, I have so far 15 babies.
Heres a site you might enjoy. also check NW forum.
Gardenlady, I must have missed your last post from last year..
Almost all plants benefit from a gift of seaweed chalk, except the ones that like acidic conditions. It not only helps to neutralize the PH, but also feeds the plants and make them stronger.
I love your beautiful pure white Hellebore, Balvenie! What a joy it must give you being self-grown from seed!
That looks an interesting Hellebore tillysrat. Do you know its name.
I haven't seen a Hellebore yet with leaves that are purplish underneath. Very beautiful!
I have a new Quiestion~ my Hellebore is getting plenty of water, drainage, fertilizer and about 4 hours of sun a day, barely with2 maybe direct on it. Is the lack of sun causing it to grow slow, or are these plants slow by nature in growth? I have a 2 year old plant & it is only putting out is 3rd stem...
fernman23 aka :Darren
I think your Hellebores get more than enough sun, Fernman. I have a couple of them that don't get sun at all and they do bloom. They do get some sun after their blooming-time, but that's not very much.
Hellebores are rather slow to grow ...
Are you sure they don't get too much water ? They like it moist but not soaked.
This is one with wavy petals that doesn't get any sun at all and still blooms,
its about 7 years old now
Sometimes it just takes them a little time to take off, especially if they were bought small. Light shouldn't make a difference though. I have some that are willing to grow almost in the dark. Give them another year and see if they take off.
darren, about this time last year i went to a nursery and bought some helliobores. I just had to have them. They were expensive. The nursery workers said they were there the previous year and didn't sell. They all had blooms on them and i planted them. They seem to all disappear in the summer. They have come back but they look like they might want to disappear again. Green leaves, then they start turning brown. I'm wondering now if they are going to bloom or just disappear again.
mine fnally put outa 4th stem, still over all about 5 inches total ht., i think it wants lots of water, here anyway, where yours is at, dunnno, I am getting a LOT of sun on min right now, which is ik as it is only getting to Eighty max. Ina months tiem there will be lots more shade Len123, then i will kepp watering and watch...and watch. the heats my worry ~your brown leaves could be a mineral wierdness, did you fertilize recently? Or not?? Maybe treat it, with a '3 in 1 Schultz' spray in case its a bug or fungus on the root?? GOOD luck~ !
fernman, i'm down to 3 of them. I think one has actually bloomed. It is either a dark blue flower or else it's black.lol. I just give up on them i let them do their thing. wet,dry it doesn't matter, they get green and then have part of the leaves that are crispy. Every once in a while leaves pop up and then disappear.
yeah, leaves on mine, i now rememeber some went brown too! so sorry did not remember that before!!! It hink its a soil/fertilizer thing, or sun>? i do fertilize aa lot as the soil here is all amended, it has to be. Happy to hear you have some blooms, the more exotic the clors the better!
i'm beginning to think it is normal. here is the one with the blooms, they are dark. I thought it was more dieback first time i saw it. another that had died and went to heaven is starting to get new leaves again.i just don't get it.lol
Well thank you doss very much. I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with them, for a while. They come, then they disappear, then return again. this is the first bloom i have actually seen, other than when i first bought them.
Len, you photo looks great, makes me think I may see flowers this winter after all!!!
and it looks healthy as mine does except for one leaf~I'd not worry too much, maybe it.s lost some foilage during the flowering as it is small like mine? Anyone?
Hells and Pups, go good together, This is the same one I posted before only bigger. And just learning I cut all the old leaves off, because a couple had a black spot on them. now look how nice it looks.