Growing Hellebore In Containers – How To Care For Hellebores In A Pot

Growing Hellebore In Containers – How To Care For Hellebores In A Pot

By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Hellebore is a lovely and unique flowering perennial that adds blooms and color to gardens in early spring, or depending on the climate, in late winter. More often used in beds, potted hellebores can also be a nice addition to patios and indoor areas.

Can You Grow a Hellebore in a Container?

Hellebore plants are prized for their unusual and pretty flowers, but also because the blooms come out in winter or early spring. These are great plants for four-season gardens and if you need something to add winter color to your beds. But what about hellebore in containers? You absolutely can grow these plants in containers, but there are some important things to keep in mind in order to help them thrive in pots.

How to Care for Hellebores in a Pot

You may see container grown hellebore around Christmas time when it is sold as Christmas rose. Often these, along with other holiday plants like poinsettia, are used for decorations and then allowed to die or just tossed. There’s no need to let your potted hellebore go downhill, though. You can keep it potted until you’re ready to put it in the ground outside, or you can keep it potted and enjoy it indoors and out, year round.

Hellebore needs rich and well-drained soil, so be sure to choose a pot that drains and use a rich organic potting soil or add compost to existing soil. It’s also important to choose a large container, as hellebore plants don’t like to be transferred. The stress of the move can be damaging, so give your plant room to grow. The depth of the pot is particularly important as the roots mostly grow down.

Position your potted hellebores to get as much sun as possible during the winter and spring months. A little shade will be appreciated as it gets warmer. Hellebore also prefers cooler temperatures in the winter, so make sure it gets sun without too much heat. The flowers tend to droop downward, so find an elevated position for your container grown hellebore so you can fully enjoy it.

Hellebore is at its best when planted outdoors in the ground, but if you have limited space or you simply want to enjoy these lovely flowers as a houseplant, you should be able to make it comfortable in an indoor container.

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While they are pretty easy to care for, these are the experts' top tips:

John Massey, owner of Ashwood Nurseries, recommends a moist, well-drained soil with added leafy compost, especially for H. niger.

Penny Dawson of Twelve Nunns Nursery says that feeding plants with seaweed fertiliser in autumn, February and April, when they are developing new leaves, will deliver the best results.

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If you are interested in trying your hand at growing a Helleborus perennial, this book from Amazon, Hellebores – A Comprehensive Guide, by C. Colston Burrell is a useful one. (affiliate link)

It is jam packed with up-to-the-minute, comprehensive information on growing, maintenance, design, hybridization and selection, and trouble-shooting of this wonderful plant.

In spite of the slightly hefty price tag, this stunning Helleborus perennial is worth searching out. They are very forgiving plants that need little care and will bloom in late winter and early spring year after year.

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Admin Note: This post for growing helleborus first appeared on the blog in March of 2016. I have updated the post to include a printable growing tips card, more information and a video for you to enjoy.


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