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robbierobbie Posts: 27
Hello - I have some potted Hellibore plants and wondered if you have to tend them during the summer, e.g., water, feed etc.,  I have cut back the dead leaves, they are beautiful plants and would for them to die..... suggestions please.

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  • februarysgirlfebruarysgirl Posts: 335
    I still water mine during the summer. One year, I don't know what happened, they bloomed again in August. Hasn't happened since unfortunately. I keep the good leaves on until the new growth starts the next year.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 37,036
    They will certainly need water. Keep them in a shadier spot if you can, and that will help prevent them drying out. If they're staying in pots, they'll need more care too. 
    Do you know which ones you have?

    I often have them flowering in summer @februarysgirl :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • robbierobbie Posts: 27
    Hello - many thanks - 1 is a Madame Lemonnier - Lenzrose - its beautiful, super colour. The others are all white which I retrieved from unwanted gardener !!!!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 37,036
    It will be fine with the care described by @februarysgirl. Removing old, tatty foliage allows you to see the emerging flowers better  :)

    The white nigers tend to keep their foliage quite well, and as they flower early, but the same applies - you can remove the odd tatty leaf here and there. If that's what your white ones are, you'll see them flower at the start of winter, rather than nearer the end. There are lots of other whits though, so it's just a question of seeing when they flower. 

    I don't really do anything much to the ones in the ground, as they get some fresh compost spread round them every year,  but any in pots get an occasional  liquid feed of seaweed, and just get the top layer of soil refreshed. You can give them some slow release food as they come into growth too. I use B,F&Bone for mine. Just keep them ticking over - and watch they don't get dried out. If you tuck them somewhere with a bit of shade, that will help  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • robbierobbie Posts: 27
    Many thanks very grateful for your help. They are such a lovely plant and confident now on managing them. 🌾👍
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 37,036
    I find if they're planted a bit deep, they don't do so well, but that may also be my conditions here. I'm always aware of soggy soil near the crowns of them.  :)

    If yours are fine, and thriving - you're doing something right  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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