Hellebores is a highly appreciated plant in the cold season. The plant blooms in winter and spring, is used as an indoor plant and has the advantage of being able to be grown in pots without much effort.
Benefits of growing Hellebores in the winter
Hellebores is an evergreen plant that contributes with its freshness to the interior design of your home. The plant is appreciated for its attractive flowers that appear in winter, starting with December. These can occur even for the plants in the garden during the winter, but the temperature outside should be above the frost limit.
Hellebores flowers have varied colors, from opal to red of Burgundy. The flowers last for several weeks.
Hellebores is not a demanding plant that can be easily grown, even in a less lighted place.
How to care for Hellebores in winter?
Hellebores is doesn’t require for special care. Usually, Hellebores grows in almost any kind of condition, but it prefers a pot with a humus-rich soil well drained. The plant should be kept in a place in direct sunlight and protected from strong air currents.
If the Hellebores plant is grown in the garden, it must be planted in a sheltered place. Otherwise, the leaves get a dull look.
Outdoors, the plant should be covered with a protective snow layer to withstand winter at very low temperatures. Another way to help the plant resist in winter is cutting it down to the ground.
Although, indoors the plant can grow in the shade, outdoors in the summer, it’s advisable to be protected them from the sun, and in winter, Hellebores plants can be left in a sunny place. For the plant to have shade in summer and light in winter, the best place to plant in the garden is under a tree with falling leaves.
After the blooming period, Hellebores needs fertilizer rich in organic matter. At the end of the blooming period, which coincides with the first few weeks of spring, Hellebores can be transplanted from the pot, outside in the garden. Another possibility is to keep the plant in the house in a shady place.
When the flowers are falling, it’s good to break them off the stem so that the plant regenerates. Along with the gathering of dried flowers, the plant will be encouraged to grow its foliage.
Generally, Hellebores is not a vulnerable plant in terms of pests. Maintain the plant in good condition by removing leaves that develop dark spots. In February and early March, you should clean the plant of old leaves to encourage the growth of new ones. Winter is also the right time to divide the plant.