Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:17
Sanjy - I usually remove all old hellebore leaves as they can be prone to black spot. Usually do mine over the winter to allow the flowers to take centre stage but can be done at almost any time. The fresh new leaves soon show through and look much better than the tired old ones.
If you want your plants to set seed then leave the flower stems in place & seed pods will develop. Otherwise cut the flowering stems off at the base. New flowering stems will start to emerge next autumn / winter.
Re plugs. I bought 30 plugs from Haylofts in Jan 2015. All named varieties - mix of singles, doubles, plain and spotted. Cost worked out to £1 per plug. They were titchy, tiny!. Potted them on and potted them on. They grew strongly & most of them were in 1 litre pots by autumn and ready for planting.
Some started flowering around November and all (bar 2) have flowered since. Some have produced lots of blooms - others just one or two. Really nice mix of colours from ruby red to dark purple and back to cream and white.
This has proved to be a really cost effective way of starting off the 'carpet' of hellebores I want in my 'woodland border'. I will let them self seed but will also pay extra for some really choice specimens for certain spaces.