Last call for Hellebores
Hellebore Shop closing soon
Thanks to everyone who have ordered Hellebores this year. We have had lots of good reports from customers saying what a good year it has been for Hellebores in the garden.
At the end of October we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store for this year (it will reopen in late March). We have most varieties still available and they are looking really good and are ready to plant. This is your last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden this year.
Spring maintenance tips for your Hellebores
Hellebores have generally finished flowering now and should be putting on some leafy growth. Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems before they drop seed. This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.
If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter. Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.
Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth). Also keep an eye out for Aphids (looks for the wet sticky patches of their secretions on upper surface of foliage) and give them a few good sprays with your preferred insecticide. Keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer. And most importantly: young plants put into the ground this season will need a bit of extra watering over Summer if it is dry.