Great advice Carolyn. Carolyn, I apologize for my tardy comment on this outstanding post. Carolyn, any idea how far south the hybrid varieties of these grow? Hellebores. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This might be the nicest comment I have gotten to date—the Gertrude Jekyll of PA!?! I will look into adding them to my garden, but I fear I do not have conditions to meet their needs. Your suggestions for roguing seedlings from interior of clump? Carolyn. I have in the past been too obsessed with Summer, I think I will now concentrate on some of the Spring beauties which you show us. What are they and what can be done to eliminate them chemical free? They are both very unusual and lovely. I have turned a corner and look forward to more garden delights in the next ten years. When weather or poor memory delay division, how does a “late-divided” Hellebore respond? Carolyn. I have divided a hellebore but only once so far. If you leave at least three buds in each divisio… Hi from HZ5b, Champaign, IL, USA, planet earth. Division is not only a great way to propagate hellebores that have become old, but you can also easily repot the numerous babies the plant readily produces each year. Carolyn. I suggested the topic because so many gardeners think hybrid hellebores are difficult to grow and wouldn’t think of dividing them. In the case of taller varieties, the old flower stems have to be cut down to the ground in spring. An economical way to increase your supply is to divide your own desirable plants. You probably can’t read the fine print so I will narrate the high points to go with the photos. Do you cut them back, dead head them after they bloom? Carolyn. For details about how your personal information will be handled by the ABC, please see our Privacy Collection Statement. I always divide my hellebores as they are coming into bloom because each flower represents a potential division. Author: B This is part of a series of articles on hellebores, one of the specialties of my nursery. Today I was using a hatchet and rock hammer to divide some really large hellebore clumps. South Australians can grow hellebores in the temperate range between Mt. You comment that the flowers can be fully extended. , I would transplant the seedlings and leave the older plant to get bigger and produce more and more flowers. Best regards and THANK YOU for sharing your expertise. Nothing could be further from the truth: they are easy to grow and propagate by division. Before you attempt any cuts, please make sure you have a heavy duty knife that is very sharp, preferably with serrations on some portion of the blade. Betty Ranicar’ that I love. Oh, my, you have me coveting some of those wonderful hybrids. Hybrid hellebores are an ideal plant with their large flowers, which are ornamental in the mid-Atlantic from February (and sometimes earlier) to May, substantial wintergreen leaves, and resistance to deer. Picked hellebore flowers don't last well in a vase, so they are best displayed as floating flowers in a flat bowl. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Hellebores are not difficult to grow in the cooler temperate areas of Australia. They do well in an open garden, but need mulching and like a more acidic soil. Thanks, Marguerite. This is also a good way to get more of the three species that I mentioned that can’t be divided. Regards Liz, Liz, Thanks for sharing your story of hellebores as a pass along plant in Australia no less. For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com. Knew you were an expert but am impressed at how famous you are too. Favorite Hellebores for your Winter and Spring Garden. Helleborus niger (Christmas rose) is best divided in the spring and Helleborus x hybrids, the lenten rose and the orientalis varieties, are best divided in the late summer or autumn. Hellebores. And, whereas I used to be a native or nothing snob I have now learned to embrace any non invasive plant that will grow for me. But in my garden in England I have the two hellebores that don’t divide easily, and so have increased them by collecting the delightful little seedlings that appear all around the parents – hellebores are one of the few plants in my view that simply cannot produce too many seedlings! I love hellebores for many reasons. I did get lots of babies. Thanks again, They are native to central and south Europe … Hellebores are not troubled by frost or snow. Carolyn, Great post Carolyn, though I’m not sure I want to divide any of the hellebores I have at the moment. Others here swear you can’t grow them. Most Hellebores do not like to have wet feet. Thanks for your wonderful advice! The method outlined below can also be applied to all species hellebores except Majorcan hellebore (, Since writing this, I discovered that none other than the famous Gertrude Jekyll and I agree on this point. Hellebores are best divided in early spring or autumn. It would be like trying to divide a tree. Carolyn, What a great post. I do not have Hellebores in my garden but I guess the technique can be used for other plants too. Quality is too important to me, and the money for writing magazine articles, even features, just isn’t very good. Stinking hellebore, H. foetidus, which I prefer to call bearsfoot hellebore, cannot be divided and must be propagated by moving seedlings. In 1898, in, Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants Seminar, March GBBD: The Philadelphia International Flower Show. Have a good day and it’s great you are working to change the perception you can’t divide hellebores. They are four feet across and have hundreds of flowers. In fact 15 species and at least 100 different colours and varieties of hellebores. They are among the most marvelous garden plants. They all have huge 24″ flower stalks. You make the process seem so clear and straightforward. Now if you could only tell me how to divide pumonarias I have some friends who would be most happy. Climatically Hellebores will grow best if they experience some cold in winter. I love it when they form large clumps, and I think I get more of a buzz seeing what new ones appear amongst the seedlings. The are easily pulled out but come back even more profusely. Be sure to plant Lenten rose in well draining, organic soil. I often read in gardening books that you should cut off a portion of the plant while it’s still in the ground and wonder if the writer has ever tried that method. Insert your spade in a circle all the way around the plant and pry it out of the ground as shown in the photos for steps 1 and 2. Carolyn. I was mortified. It is possible to divide or move clumps of hellebores in autumn, though they will sulk for a while afterwards. And planted in a shady area . I had no idea what they even were until I began blogging! Carolyn, great tips and advice. It will be awhile before I can divide the little plants I got from you, but I wanted to let you know that one of the Red Ladies is blooming for me. Thank you. Hellebores are part of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes Ranunculus, Anenomes and Clematis. Corsican hellebores grow on fairly sunny rocky hillsides in Corsica, although I have grown them in full shade. I bought 3 hellebores last spring and I have blooms now! To keep soils moist incorporate plenty of compost when planting and mulch well. Soil needs for hellebores. Donna, All they need where you live is good drainage, but I am not sure about the zone–is that what you mean? Yes, a very economical way to get more hellebores is to move the seedlings that form readily around each hybrid plant. Holley, Now I think I should have been more restrained in my size estimate. Trim back the edges of root mass? H. orientalis is a shorter growing variety, with a beautiful flower. I divide them when they bloom in the spring. Hellebores grow best in Southern Australia, in cool, elevated regions, from Sydney to Perth and further south. I just wanted to say to you, thank you, for introducing me to the wonderful world of hellebores. There was a question about how far south hellebores can be grown. It is not a hybrid hellebore, but rather a species cross featuring Christmas rose as a parent and making it dividable. Learn how your comment data is processed. There are 17 Hellebore species. For the catalogue and order information, click here. They’ve both done well until this year. Wonderful post! Propagating Hellebores . Can You Divide Lenten Rose? Love the sign of spring from this plant, cut all dead leaves back hard every year. ( Log Out /  For the brochure and registration information, click here. One of your replies mentions using “a hatchet and rock hammer to divide some really large hellebore clumps.” Have you ever tried a sawzall? Hellebores are generally healthy, with few issues. If so, what are those reasons? You need to do it now while it is still cold out. gil, Gail, ‘Ivory Prince’ is such a beautiful hellebore with its rose blushed ivory blooms and silvery foliage with red highlights. And while your plant has been stressed, it sounds like you are giving it the TLC it needs right now. Jess, My Longwood Gardens course book says zone 8. I have a hellebore from Tasmania called ‘Mrs. I’ll remember to reference your post next year. Since it seems like a lot of trouble I would reconsider dividing the hellebore. With sandy soil it's important to add mulch and compost. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. ; To assist with soil moisture retention, mix in some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the potting mix. Though I will be getting a Christmas Rose, I have the perfect spot…, Janet, Good, don’t divide them and let them get huge. How wonderful it is to be writing what you love to do, gardening! Dig an 8-inch-deep circle around the hellebore plant, 6 inches from its outermost leaves. That is my fantasy still. I was wondering about care for hellebores in the fall. If the hellebore stems develop a “cooked” looking cut end after a week or so, simply pull them from the water and cut that portion of the stem off. Your articles on shade loving plants are delightful! Carolyn. Carolyn. Ted also grows H.argutifolius which are a taller growing variety, best suited for the back of a border, with its head of lime green flowers. 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