Hellebore Plants

Hellebore Leaves Are All Yellow

Zone Seattle 98166 | mjvanwyk added on November 27, 2019 | Answered

I live in Seattle. My Hellebores are planted in loamy soil, and in part shady area. These plants have been in this location for about 4 years. All the leaves have turned yellow, one even almost white. Any ideas on what could be the issue?

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Answered on November 28, 2019

Is there some type of conifer dropping needles onto the area? This could be the issue. When these break down into the soil, it becomes quite acidic. Many plants cannot handle this.

Since they don't normally experience many deficiencies, anything that appears as one will likely be a pH imbalance.

You may look to moving them, or trying to amend the soil. Taking the soil's pH will be a good start: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-ph-plants.htm

This article will help you to test for nutrient deficiencies: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm

This collection of articles will help you to start fixing your soil once you figure out what is off: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/category/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers

Your local extension service can help, if you are unable to test your soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

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