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Hellebore plants

Zone richmond,va | Anonymous added on March 31, 2016 | Answered

What do I do to transfer a potted helleborus into the ground? We raise goats. Is helleborus poisonous to them? pclark528

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 2, 2016

Yes, hellebore is toxic to goats per Cornell University (http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/goatlist.html) and is also toxic to cats, dogs and horses per the ASPCA.

Hellebores do best in moist, but well-drained soil in a filtered sun or shady location. Dig a hole twice as wide and equal in depth to the root ball. Potted hellebores have a tendency to be root bound so it is vital when putting them into the ground that you remove the potting mix and loosen the roots.

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