Had you ever wondered about dividing your hellebores?
I stumbled across this tonight when looking for something else and found it interesting...I thought maybe you might too.
First, get past the point that it's Martha, and forward to the fact that it's Dan from Heronswood - and note the timing of the dividing. (there was an example photo on the martha stewart living website, somehow it wouldn't let me actively link it; when I'd preview here, it wasn't showing)
Dividing Hellebores with Dan
Hellebores have been widely enjoyed in English gardens for more than forty years. But, because they were rarely seen in American gardens and garden centers, hellebores earned a reputation for being difficult here, when, in fact, they were simply unfamiliar. Today, Helleborus orientalis and H. niger, at the very least can be found in pots among shade perennials at better nurseries.
Dan Hinkley of Heronswood Nursery grows hellebores from seed, but because you can never be certain what youÂll end up with, he also divides the roots for propagation. Divide hellebores in late winter or early spring when theyÂre in bloom. Begin by cutting off the flowers with a garden pruner. Dig the plant out of the ground, and use a knife to cut the root ball into two, and then into four; be sure to always include part of the center root. Plant the divisions in the garden immediately unless the roots are very small. If thatÂs the case, plant the hellebore in a pot for one year, so it can re-establish its roots.
Heronswood Nursery Ltd.