grocery store buy

smdmtJanuary 5, 2014

I've posted this on the hellebore forum, but it is very quiet over there. So I'm trying with my fellow RM gardeners.
I bought a "Jacob" hellebore at King Sooper yesterday for a very good bargain price. It is in really good shape, green and blooming. I'd like to plant it in my garden, but I'm guessing it hasn't been out in the CO cold. I have it in my unheated garage now.
What is your advice about getting it out in the ground ASAP?
Thanks!!

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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Hi Smdmt,

I'm assuming you got this in the floral department and it was grown as a house plant? I've never gotten around to growing Hellebores yet, so I don't really now what I'm talking about here, but for anything that's been greenhouse grown for "houseplant" use, I wouldn't try planting it outside until it warms up some in spring. I doubt that you'd be able to sufficiently harden it off to take our wildly varying temps in winter, and since it wouldn't be at all rooted-in or established, I'd be really surprised if it survived if planted out now.

My recommendation would be to grow it as a houseplant for now (in bright indirect light) and then gradually harden it off as the weather starts to warm and plant it out when it will have the whole summer to get established and then be "ready" when it gets cold out again next winter. I think you'll have a much better chance of success doing it that way.

If somebody on the Hellebore Forum contradicts everything I just said, pretend I didn't say it!!!

I googled to see what I could find about planting/growing since I don't know much about them, and didn't find much, but this page will give you some basic light, water, and soil info.

I think they're beautiful, especially the white and black/purple ones, and I hope to have some in my yard some day.

Skybird

Here is a link that might be useful: Helleborus

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 3:54PM
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smdmt

Thanks Skybird! I'll let you know if I hear anything different!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 7:06PM
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david52 Zone 6

I have a couple growing on the east side of the house. They said it was a shade plant, but it does just fine with morning sun.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 12:02PM
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