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hellebores

Posted: Today at 12:54

The flowers on it don't look like the orientalis type hybrids though, so maybe it is one of the new hybrids which have recently appeared. Easy enough to tell, in that the oriental type ones have the leaves coming from the ground whereas the other types have leaves on stalks coming from a central stem.

hellebores

Posted: Today at 10:24

H. Gold Star is one of the xericsmithii types. As such the treatment of it is slightly different to that given to x hybridus. Feed in September as they are hungry plants, but the only leaves that need removing are damaged or dead ones.

hellebores

Posted: Today at 09:08

And buy them in the green or find someone with freshly dug bulbs to spare. The ones sold as dried bulbs in G/C's are effectively dead.

And there are variations of them too, doubles, oranges and so on, all rather expensive though.

hellebores

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 16:46

Lyn, yes I did but the Moderators seem to have removed it as an unsanctioned external link. Mind my garden is in the very West Midlands and about as far from the sea as one can get.

Tootles, John Massey from Ashwoods recommends feeding Hellebores in September, just as the leaves begin to droop. They use Chicken pellets, I prefer Seaweed extraction.

hellebores

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:36

You can divide clumps of Hellebores when they get big and over-crowded. This is done in September/October as they form new roots in Autumn. Any other time of year is less successful.

To get plants to breed true you need to get into plant breeding techniques as they do at Ashwood,s to create a seed strain.

hellebores

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:50

I have a dark green one, with red spotting though. We may have a purely dark green one too,somewhere, so they do exist.

Our problem now is that the plants we would like to have to add to the menagerie are well out of our price range.

Shredded branches as mulch?

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:10

And do bear in mind that Conifer shreddings make the soil more acidic,so you may need to add a little lime to keep the soil neutral, unless you are growing Rhododendrons.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:59

All the above doubles still produce pollen for the bees. there are forms where the stamen etc have become petaloid and no longer function.

The main reason for removing the old leaves (usually by us in February) is that the plant no longer needs them and they can become infected with various fungi. Removing them does the plant good as it does not have to fight off any pathogens from the leaves.

This of course only applies to the x hybridus types.  All the others should only have dead leaves removed as and when you see them, especially H. niger and its cousins.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:06

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64702.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 Bit distorted maybe, but these are some of our doubles.

hellebores

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:04

Pictures I have, but not sure how to put them in a reply. They are all on Photobucket somewhere and no longer on my computer.

I er, rarely collect the seed these days, most of it just falls to the ground round the plants which is probably why we have a few hundred of them!

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