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Pruning Hellebore

sandyvsandyv Posts: 107

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: 107

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    nothing, it will be OK left alone

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,211

    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.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    I was forgetting that not everyone wanted the seed image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098

    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....

  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 107

    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: 107

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

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