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NewbNewb Posts: 211

Do I need to do anything to these plants now or they will just do their own thing?

Camellias seems to be ok but hellebore buds are lying flat. Shall i remove foliage? some or all? these are a mix of lady series hellebores and niger ones and i dont what is type of the some others. 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,854

    When you see the flower buds on hellebores it's the signal to remove old, faded foliage for two reasons - it shows off the flowers better and reduces the risk of passing on bugs to the fresh new foliage.  reduces shelter for pests like slugs and snails too.

    You need to make sure camellias - rhodos and azaleas too - don't dry out at the roots between August,when they form the new flower buds, and spring when they flower or you'll get bud drop and lose flowers. Camellias don't like early morning sun on frosted buds so make sure they're not in an east facing position.  If they're in pots, think about wrapping the pots in bubble wrap for winter to protect them from frost.  Use rain water or soft tap water, never hard water.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    Agree with Obelixx re Hellebores, except for H.niger where I would not remove the leaves.

    I know some people do, but I only remove the leaves on the orientalis cultivars.

    Last edited: 29 November 2016 17:43:45

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  • NewbNewb Posts: 211

    Thank you. 

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