do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

new to gardening, do hellebores need to be cut back? if so when.



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    You should cut off all the old foliage in late winter or early spring as the new foliage and flwoer stems appear.   This helps you see the flowers better and removes old growth which is prone to disease so keeps your plants healthy..

    The Vendée, France
  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    that is good to know thanks obelixx.. sorry just popped on as saw this thread and i was wondering the same thing.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    You can also dead head them (ie removing flowers) around now, when they're looking a bit tatty, unless you want them to seed about.

  • many thanks to obelixx and gardeningfantic also figrat, happy gardening.

  • Following on from this thread - is it too late to cut off the leaves as my plants are blocking all light from those behind.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    You can still cut off any old ones, but the plant really needs the new ones left alone. However, taking off the odd new leaf won't matter.

  • Thanks Alina W.

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,823

    This advice applies only to H. x hybridus (x orientalis). If you have H. niger then you should only remove dead or dying leaves as they occur, in the ratio of one old leaf for one new one. The same aplies to almost all of the other Hellebores too.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I work on removing the old, tatty leaves off the orientalis by New Year- you can often already see the flower buds ready to break by then.

    Only this last week have finished removing the spent flower stems off them & the Nigers, plus the odd very tatty leaf off the latter. I grow my Nigers in pots as the only way can keep them in my garden.

    The 'Corsican' type- soz cant remember the latest correct name- I remove the old foliage in spring allowing the new shoots to grow- they are the ones that will flower next year, so dont remove those leaves in the winter, or no flowers. Be prepared to stake these big plants too as they grow. The other sorts dont need any staking. J.

  • Thanks Berghill - I have H. augustifolia

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