Grocery store buy

smdmtJanuary 4, 2014

I just bought a 'Jacob' hellebore in a pot at the grocery store. I would like to plant it in my garden. Today it is 23 degrees and snowing. When the weather breaks and it is above freezing ( and I can work the soil), can I transplant it? It is in my unheated garage where it can get good light and not freeze. Does the plant need to be acclimated to the outdoors?

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mjc_molie(z6 CT)

No advice, as I'm kind of in the same "boat", having bought a 'Cinnamon Snow' at a grocery store. I say "kind of" because I don't have a garage or an enclosed porch or an unheated basement.

I'll be watching. Hope you get some help.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 11:40AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Is the plant in leaf and or bud? If so it may well have come from a greenhouse in which case it will definitely need hardening off and planting at a more gentle time. I've never experienced that kind of cold nor bought a Hellebore so I can't really help much further.

Mine are all pass alongs or seedlings and are beginning to show some buds just now.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 3:36PM
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Thanks 'floral'. The plant has beautiful flowers and buds. I do now plan to keep it in the garage until more moderate weather. Today it is in the 50s. That's the Rocky Mountains for you!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 5:46PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It will still need a lot of light, though. Will it get it in your garage? You could stand it outside in the day time to start toughening it up a bit. I have just looked up Jacob and see it is a Helleborus niger cultivar, so a bit more finicky that the H orientalis hybrids I grow. I suggest you do a little research as H niger can prove a challenge. The link suggests Jacob may be dubiously hardy in z5 and would not normally be in flower there in January.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jacob

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 9:30AM
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