Poorly Hellebores?

4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

Hi. Got these 3 Hellebores as plug plants in the spring, planted them up in the sized pots I was told to by the supplier. I have watered them every time I watered the garden (most days) and they have been by the back wall of the house, not in sun. They don't look very happy image Anyone able to let me know if I can rescue them or if they are past it? 




Pic 1 is Double Purple

Pic 2 is Single Shades of Night

Pic 3 is Single White Speckled

They are all "Harrington Hellebores" from Twelve Nunns website (if that helps) image

Thanks in advance





  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Thanks Verdun. Am feeling ashamed now image The soil in the pots looked dry so I watered them. Do you think, if I leave them alone for a bit they will get better?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    if you plant them out they'll be even better. Except for the bottom one maybe

  • The brown one in pic 3 has had it, I'm afraid. You've a remote chance with the other 2 in that pot, so leave them in there on the off-chance they'll pull through.

    The ones in pic 1 & 2 have a good chance of making it though if you look after them properly.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Thanks everyone. I really love these plants so am gutted that I have over watered them. I thought they were too small for flowers for this coming Spring, but I was hoping they were an investment for the future. If they survive they'll have lovely flowers eventually image

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Wonder why you were told to use such big pots? image I usually put plug plants into a 9cm pot to grow on. That gives you just enough compost in the bottom for roots to grow and a little room round the sides. Little chance of overwatering then.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    They said 2 litres.  I did wonder, but as a novice I did what they told me which was more than Suttons did - they didn't even tell me what my plants were!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,029

    i've always had more success with hellebores in deep pots rather than shallow ones

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    i had tall pots too. Never though about using them. Will bear that in mind if I buy hellebore plugs again image

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,105

    I think I'm learning that the general rule is only pot on a bit at a time.  An Acer lady told me that at Hampton Court a couple of years ago.  She gave me strict instructions about potting on a size at a time, and always before the end of July.  Otherwise the plants exhaust themselves trying to grow roots to fill the pot.  Not sure what they do when they get put in the ground, as they have a lot of space to fill there??

    However, it seems to work, and also seems to be applicable to all plants, not just acers.

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    It is chicky. I only pot on when plants are well and truly established in pots and then just up enough to give then a little more growing space.

     The problem is the compost. Multi purpose is just too water retentive and most people overwater. In the ground water disperses faster...as a rule, always an exception like clay tho....There are stones and other bits of debris in the ground too which help with drainage. Multi purpose actually isn't in my opinion. Far better to use John Innes which has soil in it and doesn't act like a sponge!

  • I've struggled a lot with potting-on compost being either too dry or too water-retentive.  This year I ended up mixing my own 'recipe' and its worked a lot better for me with far better growth and stronger roots.  My 'recipe' is 40% sieved multi-purpose, 40% John Innes No 2, 10% Perlite and 10% Vermiculite.  I don't know why it works but it does. I previously was losing plants to mildew (particularly lavender and begonia) or, when I used the John Innes alone, was struggling with the soil drying out too quickly.  I've also been using narrower, taller pots to encourage longer roots.

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