Help! Hellebore in distress

inluminoApril 13, 2010

Hoping someone can help-I just received a Hellebore plant that I ordered online and it looks like it got smashed around in transit. The leaves are dried out on the edges and the stems damaged and won't stand up on their own. Is it too late or is there any way to save this poor little plant? Would cutting off the damaged stems help? I am in love with Hellebores but this is actually my first Hellebore plant so I'm unsure of how to proceed!

Any advice is much appreciated! Thank you!

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The top growth is not that important. If the rootball is intact, the plant should be fine. Is your Hellebore potted or bareroot?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 1:47PM
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ladywindsurfer(Z7 SE)

As you describe the foliage, it is apparently last years growth and will soon be replaced by a new flourish.

I would plant it now. Select a location that has rich, moist, but well drained soil and receives shade during the hottest part of the day, usually noon until about 4-5PM

Keep soil moist, but not soggy, until the plant becomes well established. Usually requires about a year. After they become established, they are relatively drought tolerant.

Hellebores perform best in soil with a pH of 6.5 - 7.2

Good Luck!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 4:30PM
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