How and when should I plant hellebores?

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This is a low maintenance plant, relatively drought tolerant once established, but does best with consistent moisture in well-drained soil (amended with organic compost). Plant hellebore any time in the fall or early spring when soil is workable after initial soil preparation. Choose a spot in sun (4 + hours) and afternoon bright shade.

Plants are very sensitive to soggy soil and will rot if the location is too wet. Deep root systems benefit from extensive incorporation of organic compost, leaf mold or well-rotted manure when preparing the planting site. Mix some slow-release, organic fertilizer in to the planting area. Take care not to cover the crown of the plant with soil when planting. Planting too deeply reduces flower production.

Read more about hellebore care in our Hellebore Guide.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Jun 24, 2022
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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