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Dividing hellebours

Hi can anyone advise please? I have a large clump of oriental hellebour which is just about to flower.  Csn the plant can be successfully divided. If so when is the best time to do it. Thanks 

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,490
    The Internet says you can divide hellebores in September, but I've never tried it.  You can also collect ripe seed and sow it immediately - the babies won't be identical to the parent, but could be interesting...
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • I wouldn't risk doing it now as I would hate to spoil the flowers but maybe I'll try in September.  Thanks. 
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,872
    Definitely when the soil is beginning to cool down is the optimum time to divide H. x orientalis. When you do, do not allow the roots to dry out in between lifting the plant, splitting and replanting. They absolutely hate that.
  • Elaine174Elaine174 Posts: 28
    edited January 2019
    Thanks, I'll make sure they don't dry out.  😊
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