Return to the Hellebore Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
is my hellebore dead?

Posted by avis.sardine zone 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 11, 13 at 16:24

Novice gardener here. I bought a hellebore last year knowing nothing about them except that they're perennials. What I didn't know was that they were evergreens. When the leaves were dying back i just thought the plant was going dormant for the winter. I stopped watering them much and the pot got quite dried out. I'd say the leaves were completely dead a month ago. I just watered the pot again hoping that there is miraculously some life underneath and new foliage will grow again. Is this a lost cause? Has anyone had a hellebore grow back after leaves had completely died?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: is my hellebore dead?

It depends a bit on what type of hellebore we are talking about.....do you have a tag for it?

If it is an x hybridus, you should be seeing some signs of this season's growth by now. In my area, these are in full bloom now and and new leaves are starting push out of the soil surface. If you see no signs of growth at all, I'd be guessing that is not a very good sign and the plant could be dead. The good news is these types of hellebores tend to be rather tough plants and can take some neglect and abuse and still come back and thrive, so I wouldn't necessarily give up hope completely.

If something other than a xhybridus, I'd also not hold out much hope. These other types of hybrids tend to be much more fully evergreen and leaves that look fully dead generally mean the plant is dead also.

I would also recommend that you plant your hellebores in the ground as soon as you are able. While they will tolerate some time in a container, they really do not thrive in that environment long term. Going forward, most established hellebores are pretty drought tolerant but allowing a container planted one to dry out completely for any significant length of time is pushing the limit.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Hellebore Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here