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Pruning Hellebore

sandyvsandyv Posts: 113

I have a H. argutifolius. How should I cut it back after flowering? I have seen conflicting opinions! Each stem of this variety has a flowering top, so if I cut them down to the ground nothing will remain, no leaves-nothing! unlike other species which have flowers on separate stems to the leaves and you can just remove the dead flowering stems.


  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113

    I really need to know what to do after flowering is over.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    nothing, it will be OK left alone

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,691

    New leaves will start to emerge from the base [ mine have just started ]

    When the flowers have finished you can then remove the old stems.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,148

    I was forgetting that not everyone wanted the seed image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,034

    I don't do anything to mine either, nut  image

    I find the foliage stays quite tidy on those, but I expect you could cut away any rough stuff if you're careful.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113

    Mine got really scruffy last year after flowering which is why I want to tidy it up - it's an enormous plant, but I don't want to kill it off by cutting off all the stems.

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    You wont kill it by cutting off all the stems.....I have cut them all off for years.

    SW Scotland
  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113

    OK, I'll give it a go. It seems like a tough old plant!

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