Hello there all,
I have never had a Hellebore before, but I bought one (helleborus x hybridus, "Spring Promise") two days ago (Friday) at the Philadelphia Flower show. The lady at the booth instructed me to keep the plant indoors until it got a little warmer. I can't help but wonder at this advice, given that I have seen pictures of blossoms peeking up out of snow, and based on what happened later.
After waking up on Saturday morning, I noticed what I was sure was an aphid buzzing around the plant. I promptly crushed it and then cooked up a batch of the old dishwater/vegetable oil/water combo and sprayed it down. I also sprayed the other plant I purchased, a jasmine vine, since I transported them more or less together and I know how aphids can spread, having lost three very nice orchids to them last year.
Ok, I confess, I run the heat very hot in my apartment because its included free. It may well have been 80 degrees in here for much of the day. I did, however, turn it off at night... which is what makes this so baffling.
So this morning, I wake up and the whole plant which had been totally perky last night at around midnight was totally drooped down. The foliage does not look withered at all, but I did notice that it was extremely dry despite the fact that I watered it yesterday and was under the impression that hellebores liked to dry out a bit between waterings.
I made the executive decision to A. Water it and B. Put it outside in the most "dappled sun" sort of area we have. It seems to have perked up a little bit, so maybe I'm doing the right thing, but I though you guys would know better. If I do lose the plant, I would like to at least know what caused it, so that I could maybe try again.
Thanks so much in advance and forgive me for being a plant newbie!