Can Houseplant Hellebores Do Well If Watered From The Bottom (saucer), Rather Than The Top?
For the next few months, I will have Hellebores as houseplants (6" pots), although they will spend quite a bit of time out on the porch. I am concerned about over-watering. Other types of houseplants have done well with this approach: When they have felt a little "light," I have added aprox. 1 inch of water to their saucer (about every 7-10 days). They drink it all in, and the level of moisture on top seems to stay fairly consistent. Would this be suitable for Hellebores, as well?
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As long as you are comfortable with this method (which it seems like you are) then it will be just fine. The important thing is not to let the soil remain too saturated, for too long. It does need to dry out just a little bit on top.
I would recommend giving them just enough to soak up, and make sure that it does not sit in the saucer. That would indicate that the soil is oversaturated. As long as there is no water left standing after watering, you can do this with no problem.
Here is an article that will offer more information on the care of Hellebores: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hellebore/growing-hellebores.htm