Hellebores form dusky bronze to creamy white blooms. Donna, All they need where you live is good drainage, but I am not sure about the zone–is that what you mean? It is very much like ornimental grasses, they are very hardy, to bad they don’t self seed, A neighbor who just bought his house … gave me a patch 6″x6″ of his plant. The March 6 session of Charles Cresson’s Snowdrops and Other Winter Interest Plants Seminar has been rescheduled for March 13 and has a few spaces left. Dig the hole as shown in the photo for step 5 and mix the existing soil with an equal amount of compost before replanting. Jan, Hybrid hellebores are late this year so maybe yours are still coming. I purchased a hellebore from you in 1999-2000 and I have moved three time since then, the hellebore is still thriving, I just love the plant. Root seems to be exactly on top of half of plant. Can’t wait to have a few hellebores four feet across with hundreds of blooms. They are very good at producing seedlings, and the new plants look exactly like the parents unlike hybrid hellebores. But first a warning: do not simply detach pieces from the edge of your cherished clump and replant it elsewhere or give it away. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Iam constantly discovering different colours, shapes and patterns in mine. However hellebores, like hostas, are best left to … Hellebores are so easy-care that it takes a concerted effort to kill them. For photographs of the full range of their colors, please read my article, Hybrid hellebores are expensive relative to other perennials because it takes three to five years for them to bloom. Shake it to remove excess soil and then wash away the remaining soil to reveal the extensive root system as shown in step 3. However I intend to answer them in a blog post updating my original post on dividing hellebore—stay tuned. Tina, I just wrote articles for gardening magazines for about three years on the side. Summer heat is not a problem as long as conditions are not too humid and they are in shade. I always divide my hellebores as they are coming into bloom because each flower represents a potential division. Carolyn, Dear Carolyn, Another very informative posting in your hellebores series. I don’t water them during summer either. Since writing this, I discovered that none other than the famous Gertrude Jekyll and I agree on this point. Any solution/recommendations? Lots of mistakes are made, and the author has no control over them but his or her name is on the article. Do remove the seedlings from around the mother plant to a new location with more room. Excellent article and gorgeous hybrid hellebores, Carolyn … the huge undivided drifts must be a stunning sight to behold. I have gotten rid of it by very carefully digging up (not pulling) the plant with a trowel making sure to get all the little nodules. Back when I was writing for gardening magazines, I authored an article for. Dorothy, You don’t have to deadhead hellebores after they bloom and shouldn’t if you want seedlings. Hellebores. If not, I am assuming it is too hot in Austin for hellebores. Thanks again, Hellebores are tough garden plants, well suited to the climate of south eastern Australia. 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. No way were they ready for dividing, but, now I know how! Most Hellebores do not like to have wet feet. I had no idea you could do this and do like the method. Learn how your comment data is processed. And while your plant has been stressed, it sounds like you are giving it the TLC it needs right now. I have 2 that are ok, not great, but flowering. Since what we grow are hellebore plants, that's often what I plant. I love Hellebores and have been adding new ones every year for the past several years…about 3, I think. Hi Carolyn, Please let me know in a comment/reply about your experiences with dividing hybrid hellebores. I now have over 50 different plants. I will look into adding them to my garden, but I fear I do not have conditions to meet their needs. I did get lots of babies. How to divide Hellebores. A basic approach to dividing hellebores Simple division Tie the foliage of the plant together loosely with string then, using a large digging fork, lift the plant. I’ve actually never seen a hellebore in person – I’m hoping mine will live. In southern climates where the sun is not as harsh, hellebores can … Make sure each division has at least 2 buds. Hybrid hellebores are expensive relative to other perennials because it takes three to five years for them to bloom. I didn’t really enjoy the process so I stopped submitting ideas. Now if you could only tell me how to divide pumonarias I have some friends who would be most happy. It has taken dedicated gardener, Ted West, 25 years to gather a definitive array of hellebores..... and now he has dozens and dozens of them. This year there aren’t many at all, although there are a lot of seedlings surrounding one of the plants. In 1898, in Wood and Garden, she wrote: “I never divide things by brutally chopping them across with the spade….The only safe way [to divide a Christmas rose] is to wash the clumps well out and look carefully for the points of attachment, and cut them either with knife or chisel….”. Hi Carolyn, I love your blog and all of the information you share with us. Hellebore is the common spelling for Helleborus spp., a genus of flowering perennials that grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on species.Ideally, transplant hellebores during their dormant period in fall.The popular variety lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, adapts most readily to transplanting. In South Australia the more temperate climates between Mount Gambier and Adelaide are fine for Hellebores. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. Only by digging the whole plant up can you avoid injury to the plant by viewing the unique way each individual plant needs to be divided. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Carolyn, I divided my hellebores a while ago. Climatically Hellebores will grow best if they experience some cold in winter. How wonderful it is to be writing what you love to do, gardening! Thanks so much! Carolyn, great tips and advice. Hellebores are not difficult to grow in the cooler temperate areas of Australia. How to divide Hellebores. Carolyn. Rebecca, I identified you hellebore as a hybrid, Helleborus x hybridus. Oh, my, you have me coveting some of those wonderful hybrids. Kelly, Yes, that’s the crux–only divide them if your really can’t get another and you have to have more of that flower. Certainly not enough to make up for the time my article on dwarf Jacob’s ladder was illustrated with a photo of Spanish bluebells. While dividing and transplanting hellebores is usually done in early fall or late winter, sometimes circumstances require us to do so at an inopportune time. For your first attempt, separate your plant into no more than three divisions. Trim back the edges of root mass? One of the dinky little three-leafed plants I got from you last spring is already in bloom!! You can move the seedlings of these varieties in winter. For the catalogue and order information, click here. However hellebores, like hostas, are best left to mature into large clumps and not split. There is plenty of stuff going on in the garden in spring: it’s winter I have been concentrating for for the last 20 years. Be sure to plant Lenten rose in well draining, organic soil. If you want to learn more about the fascinating world of hellebores, you’ll need these guides next: How to Propagate Hellebores; How to Divide and Transplant Hellebores Carolyn. In fact 15 species and at least 100 different colours and varieties of hellebores. Orchids to you are what hellebores are to me so I know you can appreciate how much I love them. I have just divided it again to give to my husbands sisters as a reminder to them of grandma and great gran. Nursery Happenings: I am currently accepting orders for snowdrops, including  mail orders. I planted a few hellebores for the first time last year – we’ll see in a few years if they bloom!!! I have tried before to transplant these rather large specimens into my garden with no luck. By the way, what happens if you do try to divide foetidus or lividus? Then untie the foliage and split the plant using the traditional ‘two forks’ technique. Susanne, I think I am having problems with the same pant in my woodland gardens and that it is some form of very invasive pinellia, possibly P. perdisecta. I find that a lot of the things that you read about what you can’t do with plants are not in fact true. Carolyn. The American hellebore book written by Tyler and Burrell seems to discuss only cold hardiness. I’m inspired! Cat, Have you ever tried a hellebore. Hellebores: A Comprehensive … , I would transplant the seedlings and leave the older plant to get bigger and produce more and more flowers. and informative, thank you! I bought 3 hellebores last spring and I have blooms now! I’m hoping they do well this time but in case they don’t the baby hellebores are doing great. Carolyn. I am taking reservations for my March 18 & 19 Hellebore Seminars. Hope to c what will happen & will be surprised at the flower color ….planted each “node” approx 8″ apart and they covered a 3’x6′ area .keeping my fingers crossed for next year :)))), This is a great post…I learned so much from it. Hellebores grow best in Southern Australia, in cool, elevated regions, from Sydney to Perth and further south. Glad to hear about the Christmas rose. Reproduced below is my step-by-step guide to dividing a hybrid hellebore. This is late because I have just found Carolyn’s site. You can divided ‘Ivory Prince’ if you want. I haven’t attempted dividing hellebores as the ones I had never got big enough but it’s good to know for when I purchase any hellebores in the future. Carolyn, Great post Carolyn, though I’m not sure I want to divide any of the hellebores I have at the moment. When weather or poor memory delay division, how does a “late-divided” Hellebore respond? Dennie, Dennie, All hellebores form clumps over time so I am unclear on your distinction between clumps and individual plants. Thanks, Marguerite. There are 17 Hellebore species. Jan, H. argutifolius or Corsican hellebore and H. foetidus or bearsfoot hellebore are two of the types that can’t be divided the way I described. A wholesale/retail mail-order nursery focused solely on Hellebores shipped my order this spring with some plants undersized to the point of being only a “hope and a prayer,” some with root system well-matched to the pot, and some plants seriously root-bound in the pot. Hellebores are part of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes Ranunculus, Anenomes and Clematis. ( Log Out /  It would be like trying to divide a tree. I have divided up many of my originals as I have a large south facing garden that I want to be completely under planted with hellebores. I love hellebores for many reasons. Purchase on Amazon. Knew you were an expert but am impressed at how famous you are too. I cut them back when I see new growth in the spring. Andrea, What an incredible compliment. Any seedlings would be more easily visible and accessible at this time of cutting back foliage. With some strong-arm help this fall I’d like to complete this project. I live in the Boston area. I have been growing hellebores for many, many years now. ; To assist with soil moisture retention, mix in some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the potting mix. I didn’t like writing for magazines because they edit, add photos, and caption photos without any input from the author. ( I better mention I live in southern Australia – south is our shady side!) Though I will be getting a Christmas Rose, I have the perfect spot…, Janet, Good, don’t divide them and let them get huge. Carolyn. There are four main Helleborus groupings. I just purchased a white hellebore. The hybrids in my zone 5 garden came to me as seedlings from my mother’s zone 9 garden in central California, where they thrive. They all have huge 24″ flower stalks. Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade. You need to do it now while it is still cold out. Learn how to grow Hellebores in containers, Growing condition of Hellebore, Hellebores Care, Pests Problems Hellebores and more about this plant. Favorite Hellebores for your Winter and Spring Garden. Carolyn. Purchase on Amazon. Very helpful advise! I agree with you on the dividing method Carolyn. Visit our store in Monbulk, Victoria Open: 8:0am – 3:30pm Monday to Friday (excl. Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information. It’s important to be careful while pruning, however, as the sap of the plant can irritate the skin. Carolyn. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We had a hard winter this year and the hellebores seem to have loved it because they are blooming profusely. You can lift and divide hellebores in autumn or early spring, but you need to get quite a mass of root out of the ground for success. MNGarden, Now that’s a recommendation if I ever heard one. Propagating Hellebores . Hellebores can be grown permanently in pots and placed in a prominent position once they are in bloom. It is not a hybrid hellebore, but rather a species cross featuring Christmas rose as a parent and making it dividable. I’ve tucked them into humusy moist soil and removed about half of the flower stalks from each…what do you think are my chances? Thanks for sharing. Are your recommendations for timing of division solely to gauge size of division as “each flower represents a potential division,” or are there horticultural reasons for such timing? Some of its species are grown as striking evergreen architectural leaves. ( Log Out /  What’s a gardener to do? And I did it by digging directly into it, while in the ground, cutting it in half. I love hearing about experiments like this on your blog. Your replies to posts recommend that gardeners divide hellebores as they are coming into bloom, ideally before the flowers are all the way out. Your comments suggest that corsicans are not likely to survive dividing. I do not have Hellebores in my garden but I guess the technique can be used for other plants too. It is the only hellebore that likes somewhat moist conditions. That is my fantasy still. Carolyn. Author: B Best regards and THANK YOU for sharing your expertise. 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. Choose a pot at least twice the size as the selected plant. Hellebores can be propagated by division. Carolyn, your Hellebore posts (all of them) are marvelous and so informative. What are they and what can be done to eliminate them chemical free? Horticulture photo shoot at my potting bench. I always though you should not divide hellebores but then last year I gave it a try and I’m so happy to say I have had success. I just realized that I didn’t answer your question in this post. They are beautiful, give colour and flowers in the cold and wet, are so easy to grow, and you can do so much with them. Now that I’ve ordered more I doubt I’ll need to. Lisa, Maybe the plants that were divided to produce your gift were so big that they had separated into separate stalks and thus separate plants so they may take. Your articles on shade loving plants are delightful! Hellebores are stunning in mass plantings and are perfect in ‘difficult’ sites such as under tree canopies or low-light areas between buildings. ORDER BY PHONE CALL 1300 606 242. Have been dividing every year chop large clump off healthy large plant, then just divide leaving dirt on, never have had any die. Dear Carolyn, Finally, we’re often encouraged to divide our hardy perennials every three years and to replant the healthiest pieces in improved soil. Hellebores are so tough and log-lived that they will probably outlive all of us. They are wonderful plants. They are among the most marvelous garden plants. Nothing could be further from the truth: they are easy to grow and propagate by division. Clearly blogging rather than writing for magazines is better for you – you have your own deadline and a readership that is growing by the day. The best time to divide is in early spring before they flower. It's not usually necessary for the health of the plant; but if you wish to divide them, this is best done in fall. I didn’t because I wanted to give some to a friend. Great advice Carolyn. Wonderful post! Beleive it or not I am trying to cut back on the number of hellebores in my garden. I am trying to gather information on the southern range of hellebores. 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. Care. Yes, a very economical way to get more hellebores is to move the seedlings that form readily around each hybrid plant. Dividing hellebore plants is not necessary, but it can enhance flowering in older plants. To keep soils moist incorporate plenty of compost when planting and mulch well. I am so busy with my nursery right now that I don’t have time to answer all these questions. Carolyn. It comes up small with three leaflets but develops more if left to mature. Plant them in the garden with dwarf bulbs and cyclamen, magnolias and camellias to get the most fantastic display during winter. Thanks for your wonderful advice! I do it all the time successfully. You make the process seem so clear and straightforward. … Sometimes the flower has a little brown rim. Carolyn. The are easily pulled out but come back even more profusely. I read web-sites which said that you should wait till after hellebores flower before dividing them. I only divide a hellebore if  it is so special that I can’t replicate it without division. An economical way to increase your supply is to divide your own desirable plants. Hellebores are tough garden plants, well suited to the climate of south eastern Australia. Thanks, Carolyn, Hi Carolyn, I’ve just discovered your blog and know it will be fun to return often. For your first experience with dividing a hellebore, select a plant with between five and ten flowers, older plants are too woody. Betty Ranicar’ that I love. (My gut instincts aren’t always right by the way …) They do not usually need to be divided for the health of the plant, but if you wish to transplant or divide a hellebore, that is best done in September or October. on dividing hybrid hellebores. Hellebores thrive in neutral to alkaline soils that are moist but well-drained, fertile and humus-rich. I have a hellebore from Tasmania called ‘Mrs. Make your cuts where you see natural divisions in the root system as shown in the photo for step 4, including some roots, woody rhizome, and flower stems in each division. Tips for Growing Hellebores: While it is easy to grow hellebores as long as you are careful of sunlight, the plants also have particular moisture and soil needs. Thanks for a terrific post, filled with lovely photos and excellent advice. If so, what are those reasons? This entry was posted on March 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm and is filed under hellebores, How to, Shade Perennials with tags dviding hybrid hellebores, Helleborus x hybridus, hybrid hellebores. The hellebore has surprised me this past year with seed sprouted baby plants! For details about how your personal information will be handled by the ABC, please see our Privacy Collection Statement. They are invading mostly sunny areas. South Australians can grow hellebores in the temperate range between Mt. I was wondering about care for hellebores in the fall. Another special is a H. orientalis cultivar - with its white star shaped big bloom and a little green at the base of the petal. Hellebores can be divided, allowing you to create new plants for free. 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. Carolyn. Carolyn. Carolyn. Hellebores are generally healthy, with few issues. If you planted plants they should theoretically bloom this year or at the latest next year. ( Log Out /  This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You comment that the flowers can be fully extended. The main species grown in Australia include Helleborus orientalis, but Helleborus foetidus is also popular. I have divided a hellebore but only once so far. I am a fan of dividing perennials – it is such a good way of creating lots more new, vigorous plants. Water well, particularly during summer. The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas. I divided the one a couple of years ago because it was the only one I owned at the time! Impressive article in Horticulture. . Great how-to advice!! I suggested the topic because so many gardeners think hybrid hellebores are difficult to grow and wouldn’t think of dividing them. 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. Dig the whole plant and wash off the soil. And your mature hellebores are enormous! Carolyn. Helleborus cyclophyllus has yellowy green flowers and a slight perfume. So they are not just shade plants. And planted in a shady area . Hellebores are typically long-lived plants. Hellebores grow best in southern Australia in cool, elevated regions from Sydney to Perth and south (see climate map). You may apply a slow-release all-purpose … The plant prefers neutral PH to slightly limy soils. Your suggestions for roguing seedlings from interior of clump? Since I can’t grow them here, I shall just continue to admire that collage a little while more. Use a sharp knife to split the plant in two, making sure each half has attached roots. I was mortified. I always divide my hellebores as they are coming into bloom because each flower represents a potential division. Today I was using a hatchet and rock hammer to divide some really large hellebore clumps. I had a gut instinct that they would be OK, because the root ball was like a solid clump, and they were. However, there are many, many little seedlings that I may care for, first. Dig an 8-inch-deep circle around the hellebore plant, 6 inches from its outermost leaves. Ted's favourites include H.orientalis a double pink hybrid, and he has bred double plums and double whites in small numbers. By removing the most vigorous … Thank you. I am definitely as quirky and opinionated as she was. What zone are you? I ask because to rogue out seedlings from interior of the clump would be facilitated if roguing could be done at the time of cutting back flower stalks (as new growth emerges.) I'm not sure I can post a photo from my phone, but I have a large and thriving hybrid hellebore that I've had for just over two years. That last collage is a stunner, too! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! For the brochure and registration information, click here. I’m on a 1/2 acre woodland lot in Portland Or and would dearly love for them to settle in. Lula, Lula, Glad you liked the recipe. This is the method I use to divide almost all plants, not just hellebores. Seems you are the Gertrude Jekyll of Pennsylvania , Laura, I divide hybrid hellebores ideally before the flowers are all the way out, but they can be fully extended. Hellebores can be propagated by division. Hellebores. However, the most beautiful hybrid hellebore specimens in my garden are my large clumps that have never been divided. What a great article, I will have to try this next spring. You probably can’t read the fine print so I will narrate the high points to go with the photos. . Joey, The huge plants are amazing, and I keep adding more hellebores because so many appear that I can’t bear to sell. What's more, if you plant a few plants now, they'll reward you with wonderful flowers over many, many years. I never think to divide hellebores as there are so many volunteers, but as you say, the expense of certain hybrid plants makes it worth the effort. Remove dead flowers and leaves in spring, but otherwise do not prune. They don’t need dividing or staking or fertilizing, they just do their thing without much gardener intervention. One of your replies mentions using “a hatchet and rock hammer to divide some really large hellebore clumps.” Have you ever tried a sawzall? ), just click here. Carolyn. I have to smile with this post. View Guide. They do well in an open garden, but need mulching and like a more acidic soil. It is easiest to dig the entire plant and shake or wash off the soil, so you can see where the buds are on the crown. Change ). Holley, Now I think I should have been more restrained in my size estimate. Love the sign of spring from this plant, cut all dead leaves back hard every year. Corsican hellebores grow on fairly sunny rocky hillsides in Corsica, although I have grown them in full shade. Divide the hellebores in cool weather, preferably with rain the forecast. H.foetidus is quite handsome, with its tall divided leaves and flowers that stand up well above the foliage. I grow mine up in zone 6 in full sun and they are very big. It has moved spots in the garden several times, and spent 3 years in a pot whilst we we building a new home. The root system is past loosening roots and spreading them out into compost amended soil. I tried to divide an 8-9 yr. old helleborus but a tree-root is on top beneath the soil; latter tree has since been removed. I would check with your local arboretum/botanical garden. Have a good day and it’s great you are working to change the perception you can’t divide hellebores. 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