Hellebores are always a welcome sight

Hellebores are always a welcome sight Hellebores are always a welcome sight
Hellebores are always a welcome sight: Flowers of hellebores are a welcome sight when they bloom in late
winter to early spring, sometimes while the ground is still covered with snow.

There are many different varieties of the hellebore plant. This plant offers a range of flower colors,
Hellebore flowers are often fragrant and long-lasting.
These plants offer one of the earliest blooms spotted in many areas.

It is a worthwhile task for any gardener, to grow hellebores. Aside from lovely and unusual flowers, the hellebore plant has attractive green foliage that is extremely pleasing to any landscape.

Hellebore care is minimal, once this plant is established.
Note well: All parts of the hellebore plant are poisonous, so take care to keep children and pets away.

Tips for growing hellebores:
When planting from seed or division, place the hellebore into well-draining, organic soil in a filtered sun or shady location.

Make sure the space will accommodate growth and has proper sunlight. Hellebores need no more than a few hours of dappled light and grow successfully in shady areas.

Under deciduous trees or scattered through a woodland garden or shaded natural area is the ideal spot to plant hellebores. Remove old leaves when they appear damaged.

Fertilization is a must. Too much nitrogen may result in lush foliage and a shortage of blooms.
Plant hellebore seeds in the fall. A 60-day moist chilling period is needed when planting seeds
of the hellebore plant.

It takes three to four years for blooms on young plants grown from seed. But it is worth the wait. Divide overgrown clumps in spring, after flowering or in autumn.

While many varieties of hellebores exist, Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten Rose, is among the earliest of winter bloomers and offers the widest selection of colors.

Helleborus foetidus, called the stinking, bear foot or bear paw hellebore, offers flowers in a pastel shade of green and has an unusual fragrance disliked by some. Therefore referred to as stinking.

Foliage of the bear foot hellebore is segmented and serrated, sometimes turning to deep red in cold weather, when it is highly ornamental. Flowers may be edged in the deep red to burgundy color.
This hellebore plant prefers more sun than its oriental counterparts.

Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose, features 3-inch blooms of the purest white.
Many hybrids of hellebores offer a range of flower colors.
These colors often change as they mature.

Hellebore care is simple and worthwhile. Plant a variety of hellebores in your garden in the shade for a
lovely spring flower.

Hellebores are always a welcome sight


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