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Helleborus x hybridus

  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2017
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mastergardener

Hellebores grow best on heavy (even clay), slightly alkaline soil in a north or east facing aspect. Suitable for under planting around shrubs such as Witch Hazel in dappled shade. Dig in organic matter at planting time.

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icedance

Sorry to be a pain but I always thought witch hazel preferred a slightly acid to neutral soil ? they will tolerate a heavy or clay soil with the addition of organic matter as you said, as long as drainage is 😊 it's a lovely picture 🌸

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mastergardener

Your right, Hellebores prefer neutral or slightly limy soils; a pH about 7 seems ideal. If you have an acid soil, use mushroom compost at planting time and an annual top dress of garden lime when mulching.

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jendren

You have just solved my problem - why my newly planted Hellebores are so slow to make progress. We have acid soil. Must get them some mushroom compost. Many thanks

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rachelbrooks

Does this apply to all types as I have some in a planter with a Camellia and a skimmia in ericaceous compost and they are doing really well...🤔

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brightcolours

#hellebore-advice

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mastergardener

Fortunately, all types of soil can grow good Hellebores except waterlogged.

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