Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Helleborus. Beautiful Helleborus, commonly known as Lenten Rose, is one of the first to bloom in early spring. Produces an extensive root system and will naturalize well without becoming invasive. Exceptional blooms, adapts to almost any soil, vigorous and hardy. Height 18-24". 2.5" plug.
Sold as: Pkg of 3
Some Perennials will be shipped in pots and may have actively growing green leaves. These pots should be immersed in water upon arrival to thoroughly soak the root ball. These growing plants must be hardened off before planting outside. Keep in a cool bright room, and place outside on mild days and gradually leave outside for longer periods of time. After a week or so, or when nighttime temperatures are above freezing, plant outside. If a severe dip in temperature is expected, you may want to place straw or an old blanket over the green leaves to protect them from severe damage. Frost or cold will not permanently hurt the plant, but it may damage the new leaves and set growth back.
Plant in large holes, at least 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide, with 1" of soil above the point where the roots break from the crown of the plant. Planting under deciduous trees (Maples, birches, etc.) is ideal since it will provide winter sun and summer shade.
Grow Hellebores in light to full shade with rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. A sheltered site protected from winter winds keeps the foliage looking its best. Once planted, they are best left undisturbed and thrive for years without needing division. Established clumps spread from about 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Add lots of organic matter and some bone meal into the soil before planting. Neutral to slightly alkaline soil is best, so add lime to acidic soil. Fertilize with slow release fertilizer in spring. Mulch in fall with compost or aged manure and remove old leaves after new shoots appear. Keep well watered during dry spells.