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Dividing hellebours

Hi can anyone advise please? I have a large clump of oriental hellebour which is just about to flower.  Csn the plant can be successfully divided. If so when is the best time to do it. Thanks 


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,024
    The Internet says you can divide hellebores in September, but I've never tried it.  You can also collect ripe seed and sow it immediately - the babies won't be identical to the parent, but could be interesting...
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • I wouldn't risk doing it now as I would hate to spoil the flowers but maybe I'll try in September.  Thanks. 
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,104
    Definitely when the soil is beginning to cool down is the optimum time to divide H. x orientalis. When you do, do not allow the roots to dry out in between lifting the plant, splitting and replanting. They absolutely hate that.
  • Elaine174Elaine174 Posts: 28
    edited January 2019
    Thanks, I'll make sure they don't dry out.  😊
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