True Love Helleborus
Fall Planting: This product will ship September-October according to your hardiness zone.
Helleborus X hybridus. True Love is a stunning Helleborus with frilly, double flowers of a warm plum purple to maroon red. Beautiful Helleborus, commonly known as Lenten Rose, is one of the first to bloom in very early spring. Easy to grow in any light except hot afternoon sun. Helleborus produces an extensive root system and will naturalize well without becoming invasive. Adapts to almost any type of soil, from moist, rich and organic to sandy or clay soil. Exceptional blooms, adapts to almost any soil, vigorous and hardy. Height 28-36". 3" plug.
Sold as: Pkg of 1
|1||Pkg of 1||$ 33.95 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 1||$ 30.55 / pkg|
|3||Pkg of 1||$ 28.85 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 1||$ 27.15 / pkg|
It is very important to plant these dormant perennials as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is absolutely necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the cartons and any plastic that is around the roots. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Thereafter store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any packaged, peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes.
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.
Watch out for slug or snail damage. Hellebores will often self-seed and you can easily move young seedlings to a permanent location. The seedlings tend to vary a lot and you may get many different colors and plant forms. Seedlings should flower in 2-3 years. May take several years to become established enough to bloom after being planted or moved. In cold, windy areas it is recommended that you provide winter protection. A mulch of evergreen boughs or a windbreak of burlap will help protect your plants in winter.