How to Grow & Care for Helleborus?
Helleborus, also known as Winter Roses, are hardy plants that bring beautiful colour to a winter garden.
They look fantastic when planted in large numbers, and are adored by many for their ease of are, evergreen foliage and long winter blooming. These flowers also have no serious pest problems! Helleborus doesn’t need to stay in the garden, they make excellent cut flowers which last quite well, their drooping heads look great on a high shelf or trim the stems and float them in water.
Sunlight and Placement
Helleborus are tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. However, they perform best in partial shade and need no more than a few hours of dappled light to germinate. Many gardeners like to plant them on a hillside or in raised flower beds to enhance their view of the beautiful downward facing blooms. Helleborus are great under trees which have low spreading branches, offering shade. They will do well on the east side of your home, where they will receive the morning sun and afternoon shade.
When planting, make sure to water the seedlings in. Continue to provide plenty of water during spring and autumn when the Helleborus are actively growing – You can ease off a bit during the summer as the heat causes the plant to become dormant. Make sure to cut off any damaged or burnt leaves in autumn so that new leaves can flourish.
Soil and Drainage
Helleborus thrive in rich, moderately fertile soils, try to avoid sandy soil. Try to ensure that you plant in a well-drained area, keep away from moist, clay soil. When planting, dig a hole twice the size of the existing pot and position your plant so that the plants stem starts at ground level. An annual addition of manure or compost will help boost growth.
WARNING – All parts of the Helleborus plant are poisonous, so make sure you keep children and pets away!
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