- July 1, 2008 at 11:15 am #28105
i’m new to hellebores and planted 3 earlier this spring. now 2 have completely drooped. any ideas on what may have happened to them? i live near washington dc and we’ve had a very wet spring and early summer. thanks for any tips.March 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm #29283
My hellebores are wonderful this year, and are surrounded by tiny seedlings. What’s the best way to encourage the babies? Are they best left undisturbed? Thanks.March 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm #29288
You will probably want to thin them so that they won’t be competing with each other or the parent plants. You have two options. 1. Remove the seedlings that are growing too close to the adults and thin out the remaining. Toss the extra plants. 2. Carefully transplant the seedlings to wherever you desire them to grow. Hellebores are reasonably easy to transplant when they are seedlings. (I have had better luck moving Helleborus foetidus seedlings to fill in a bare spot than planting a new adult plant from the nursery.) Using a small trowel scoop up under the seedling and move with the rootball intact. If you do find you need to touch the seedling in order to move it, hold it by the leaves rather than the stem which is easily damaged.March 31, 2010 at 12:28 am #29289
I am lazy so I leave the babes next to mama until Year 2, when I move them in shovelfuls or trowelfuls to new spots. I find I can move them anytime, spring or fall, and they do well. I agree with Leslie: get the soil with the baby. Much better result.April 6, 2010 at 12:44 am #29311
When the seedlings are really close together, I’ve had reasonable results by planting them in deep pots-they have a really long taproot-growing them on for a few months and then transplanting. I’m planting in pretty rough terrain so they seem to benefit from the extra age before moving. Plus the seedlings are great for trading with other gardeners who have plants I desire…April 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm #29316
Just posted a new slideshow of “hellebore porn” today on the blog, BTW.
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