Care For Your
Hellebores do well in most soils, they will even do well in
acid soil. However, their preference is for a neutral to slightly
limey soil - a pH of about 7 would be ideal.
prefer semi-shade, especially where they are grown on sandy soil. They
hate being water-logged. These two preferences make them ideal for
growing under the shade of a tree or large shrub.
are very easy to take care of and are relatively free from disease. A
mulch with organic matter in autumn (preferably from your compost
heap) around the plant, but not touching it, will feed them throughout
the year. If no organic matter is available, two or three handfuls of
bonemeal or similar, can be lightly worked into the surrounding soil.
in autumn and though to early winter, remove any old or diseased
foliage. this will help prevent black spot from appearing in the
spring. Finally, it pays to remove old flowers (cut off the flower
stem as far back as possible) to conserve strength. Don't do this
however if you want to collect seed later in the year.