Top Questions About Hellebore Plants

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Questions About Hellebore Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 12, 2014

Q. White Hellebore

I received a very beautiful white hellebore full of blooms for Christmas and, in 2 weeks, the leaves all turned yellow. It still has new flower buds coming and a few small green leaves.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 12, 2014
Certified Expert
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Yellowing of leaves can be brought about be a number of things, most often attributed to stress of some kind. This article should help in determining the cause for yours: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 25, 2014

Q. Hellebore, Pines and Wet Soil

We lost our house in a flood and last week I dug and potted 20 hellebore to the inside. Our new home has white pines and water drains down the hill. We will put in a drain ditch above the flowers. Will this be enough to prevent rot and growth? My other site grew them well, clayish soil, some dryish. We grew all sorts of wildflowers there. I don’t want to lose them. I planted them in pails and pots from the dollar store.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 25, 2014
Certified Expert
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As long as they do not sit in water, then that should be fine, but make sure that they still receive some water. You don't want the roots to dry completely.

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Asked by
Irish girl on
February 26, 2014

Q. growing hellebores in containers

I left plants on the deck in their containers. Some are still green but droopy, others have been pruned to just a clump of stems, some still feel firm and some are soft – fearing they are dead. I have not really watered, leaving them to be snowed on. I felt the soil and it is still moist. Should I be doing anything different? It is March.  Should there be more signs of life at this point? Help!!!

Answered by
Heather on
February 28, 2014
Certified Expert
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They sound like they are fine if they are still firm and green. Plants in containers are typically a little late in coming out of dormancy because they are more exposed to cold then plants that are in the ground. Give them a little extra time and I am sure they will bloom beautifully!

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Asked by
KalidaScope on
April 15, 2014

Q. How To propagate hellebores

Someone told me you can grow cuttings. Is this true?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
April 15, 2014
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While I have seen a couple of references on the internet to growing hellebore from cuttings, experts and universities mention only growing them from seed, or from dividing the clumps and planting the rhizomes. This article will tell you more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hellebore/growing-hellebores.htm
Also, this article contains some interesting information: http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/hellebore.html

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Asked by
jacquihogan on
September 28, 2014

Q. Why is my Helebore flowering in August?

I have several Hellebores, but one burst into flower early. In August! It’s now late September , and it’s still in flower. Is this unusual? (My other 4 Hellebores are not flowering). Will it flower again in winter?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 29, 2014
A.

One reason people love to garden is that you never know for sure what will happen. Plants are individuals, and don't read rule books. Sometimes one may do something odd just because it wants too. One possibility for early blooming is that they are young plants - they can take 3 or 4 years to mature. Youngsters often do things that older, more experienced types will not do. Perhaps the weather was cool and rainy, and your plant was tricked into thinking it was time to flower. Here is more information on hellebores: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hellebore/growing-hellebores.htm

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Asked by
larryrtanner on
February 15, 2015

Q. Should I water my hellebores in this freezing weather?

The plants looked good yesterday. Today they look wilted and drooping down. What should I do for them? Maybe carefully water them and not wet the plant, just the dirt around them? Not sure what to do for them. Thanks for any advice you may have…

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
February 16, 2015
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If the ground is frozen solid, watering won't be helpful. Otherwise, giving the soil a good soaking often helps plants withstand a freeze. Hellebore are a pretty tough plant, don't worry too much about them. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hellebore/growing-hellebores.htm

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Asked by
vavallme on
March 16, 2015
Wilmington Delaware

Q. Hellebore planting

I just received a medium sized Hellebore as a gift. It is potted and needs to be put into the ground. Should I plant it outside now or keep as a houseplant until the weather gets a bit kinder? I have read that it prefers a shady spot with several hours of dappled sun. I have a spot like that on one side of my house. Just worried about planting it right now. I understand that it blooms in the winter, but am apprehensive about putting it in the ground since it has been in the house. Appreciate your advice.

Answered by
shelley on
March 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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When the soil is workable and has warmed up, you can plant it by the side of your house. The weather is warming up so your wait shouldn't be too long. It is okay to keep it inside as a houseplant until you are comfortable with giving it a home outdoors.

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