I have a 5 year old hellebore - beautiful plant - it has never bloomed. Not even a sign of a bud of any kind. I followed all the rules about where to plant it, light, etc. It seems quite happy and is growing, but no flowers. Any ideas?
Could the soil have to much Nitrogen?
This can cause the plant to grow lots of lush leaves and not bloom.
Here is a link to refresh you with the care and growing requirements.
I have 2 White Hellebores in pots which are in dappled shade with some sun. The leaves are continually turning yellow and have to be removed. I can't figure out if I'm giving them too much water or not enough, or if, perhaps, the soil is too dense. I believe that I used 'Sea Soil Container Mix.' I have several of their babies grown from seed (still very tiny, as they just came up this spring) which seem to be happy in the same area. Any suggestions? Thank you, Della Mae Johnston
Growing Hellebores in pots can be a bit more difficult.
Clay pots are recommend to help the soil and plant drain and dry slightly between watering. This would help to prevent root rot.
A good quality potting mix is important and a slow release fertilizer during the blooming period.
Pots allow you to bring in the plants in the fall and move back out in the spring easily.
Make sure the soil is draining and the plants are not sitting in water but moist.
Try to recreate the shady woodland environment they love.
Here is a link with more information.
I have a 3 yr. old helebore plant that has never bloomed. It gets morning sun and afternoon shade. The plant itself is very healthy. What am I doing wrong?
The soil could be lacking phosphorus, which is needed for blooming. You can try a phosphorus-rich fertilizer or adding bone meal to the soil.
My hellebore get little white stuff all over. It seems the flowers of the plants all die out quickly after these pests appear. I have tried an aphid spray but that doesn't seem to work. Suggestions?
It could be mealybug. This article will help with that:
Front of house is lined with azaleas and hellebores next to the foundation. Landscaper mowed hellebores down. Will they return in the spring?
There are about 15 different species of Hellebores.
Most of the common plants produce leaves on one stem and flowers on another.
Cutting the leaves back should have no effect on the flowering.
If they were of the Christmas Rose species, you will likely have no flowers during this bloom period, (Dec. thru about Feb).
This variety has leaf stems and a flower stem that also has a leaf.
I generally recommend you not cut this variety back.
I do think your plants will come back in time.
Should I prune leaves of an evergreen hellebore which are still green and not brown?
Midwinter is a good time to prune away the old leaves from the exterior of the plant. Hellebores start to form their buds in midwinter, so watch so you don't clip new growth.
Use clippers and wear gloves to protect from the thorns.
Dead head the blossoms throughout the blooming time to encourage more flowering.
Hellebores are quite forgiving and can be light pruned anytime of year to clean up the plants.
When is the best time to plant hellebores?
You can plant your Hellebores in mid to late-spring or in October.