Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:09
I grow lots of hellebores.....there are some here though who grow hundreds so I'm humbled by their experiences.
add plenty of mushroom compost to your planting hole.....ideally mulch heavily with it too. Hellebores are greedy so a good organic fertiliser is needed. I spray with seaweed and Epsom salts too to help produce the best plants I can.
it is clear too we will suggest our own preferred ways of feeding. For me a feed now is good or in autumn......both work for me. Removing leaves in autumn too allows the emerging flower buds to be seen from the earliest possible to the latest possible.
Ashwoods is the premier hellebore supplier. Great named varieties and advice. Choose your colour, choose single or double.
despite expert opinion over the years I realise hellebores are adaptable. As long as soil is good, reasonably alkaline, does not get waterlogged or dries out in summer hellebores should grow well. A disease.....black spot ....is the killer. As far as I can work out high humidity in summer is one reason for this so an open site seems to produce healthier specimens.
Go for it if you want to grow hellebores.....the orientallis types especially. What better in late winter and early spring? And lovely evergreen foliage for the rest of the year