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hellebores

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:03

Just been checking and there are colouring buds on our H. thibetana. Just wish I could stop whatever nibbles them from doing so. Never seem to get undamaged flowers on this plant.

Eucomis

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:01

I have dozens of baby bulbs from seed sowing a couple of years back. The seed germinates very easily (too easily, there are baby plants all round where the parents were growing). Don't be in too big a hurry to prick out the seedlings. Sow in a deep pot and let the plants grow in it until they get a decent size bulb underneath. Feed the babies with liquid fertiliser in the growing season. It speeds up the time it takes to reach flowering size.

hellebores

Posted: 20/12/2014 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: 20/12/2014 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: 20/12/2014 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.

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