To cut or not to cut?

EGO45(6bCT)May 6, 2005

Pardon my ignorance, but I never had a previous experience with helebores.

Do I have to deadhead them after the flowering or not?

I found spent flowers quite attracive with seedpods on.

I'm not looking to collect the seeds and if a beheading is the right procedure, I'll do it.

Just want them to come back and flower strongly next year.

To cut or not to cut?

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

I don't deadhead mine; I've been completely enjoying growing these from seed. And, I've been pleased with the flowering performance after letting them set seed - the plants don't appear exhausted to me, but

According to an article on hellebores by Hinkley, Heronswood, that I saved -

"Unless you wish to collect seed to sow for additional plants, consider removing the spent flowering stems to retain vigor of the parent and prevent self sown seedlings."

(Now, why you'd want to prevent self sown seedlings when they tranplant to be shared so easily, I don't know...but this is the word from the Heronswood guru :) )

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 1:48PM
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EGO45(6bCT)

Thanks. I'll try to leave them on for one season and see how it goes.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 3:19PM
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