Frequently asked questions

Care tips for Helleborus Niger

How can you give the best care to your Helleborus Niger?

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  • Helleborus Niger has the preference that the location should not be in the full sun around noon.
  • But please also take care that the plant does not stand in full shadow neither as the Helleborus would not fully dry off and this can increase the risk of moldiness.
  • Helleborus Niger does not like wet feet and therefore prefers soil that with a good drainage.
  • You can plant the Helleborus on a little mound so that water can run off.
  • If you have a soil with a bad drainage, you can mix it with some higher quality garden soil and if necessary some little stones.
Of course you can. The Helleborus Niger is very good suited as a pot plant. The Helleborus Niger is during the flowering season a real eye catcher on your terrace, balcony of at the doorstep of your house.

  • Please note that the pot should have a hole in the bottom so that water can drain out.
  • Besides this please use only high quality soil to achieve the best growth and flowering results.
Yes, the Helleborus Niger is a hardy plant.

  • If the plant is flowering in the winter, if might happen that the leaves and flowers are lying on the floor during frost periods. But as soon as the temperature is rising they will get up again.
  • Please take care that the plant is not drying out in the winter as this is the biggest reason for a Helleborus dying in the winter.
This is depending on the variety, but Helleborus Niger is generally flowering between November and March. The exact flowering time can be taken from the assortment list.
This is depending on the location of the plant.

  • If you have planted the Helleborus in your garden, then it will be important to watering it sufficiently directly after the planting. After the plant has settled you only need to water it in periods of drought.
  • For plants in pots you can wat it 1-3 times per week, depending on the weather.
  • If the Helleborus is planted into the ground then you should fertilize it twice a year with a slow-active organic fertilizer. This should be done in March and in September.
  • A Helleborus Niger inside a pot should be fertilized once a month with a liquid fertilizer while watering.
A Helleborus Niger does not need to be pruned. Remove old leaves right before the first new flowers are coming out of the ground.