Planting Instructions for bare root Helleborus (hellebore):
|Bloom Time: Early spring
||Light: Light sun to part shade (deciduous shade is best)
|Soil: Humus-rich, moist but well-drained
||Moisture: Average, slightly dry in summer
|Planting Depth: Top of crown 1/2" deep, mulch lightly
||Spacing: 18 to 24"
Upon arrival: Unpack box and check condition of all plants. Bare root Helleborus are shipped with their roots wrapped in damp paper towel. They shouldn't be too wet or the roots may rot, so we don't advise soaking them. Plant them within a day, if possible, then water in well after planting.
Soil/Location: Plant your Helleborus in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil and remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack them in after planting. They like sun in the early spring and then prefer to be shaded in the summer, so a location shaded by deciduous trees is best as the hellebores are typically growing and blooming early in the spring before the trees leaf out.
Moisture: Helleborus likes even moisture in the spring but somewhat dry in the summer and should never be too wet. While actively growing in the spring and fall allow the surface to dry completely between watering and then water deeply, especially if they wilt. They are dormant in the summer so they don't need much water and should never need fertilizer during that time.
Spacing: 18 to 24"
Depth: Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2" below soil level and then mulch lightly after planting to help keep them cool in the summer.
General Instructions: Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich the soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole, plant the roots as listed above, then water in once. They won't need much water unless they are actively growing in the spring or fall but then it is alright to give them supplemental water a couple times a week, if needed, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering.
Landscape Uses: Hellebores are wonderful, evergreen plants for the partially shaded garden. Use them with spring wildflowers and early bulbs, or use them as a foundation with deciduous shrubs and ornamentals where they blend nicely with the landscape after flowering.