Frequently asked questions

Care tips for Helleborus Orientalis

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

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  • Helleborus Orientalis has the preference for a location which is not in the full sun during 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 Exceptional 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.
  • The Orientalis varieties do have a preference for a soil with a lower pH-value. The ideal is between 4,8 and 5,3. This is also called a acid solid.

How to lower the pH-value

If your soil is not acid enough, you can lower the pH-value by using a ammonium based fertilizer.

Of course you can. The Helleborus Oriental is very good suited as a pot plant. During the flowering season it is 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 Orientalis 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.
The Helleborus Orientalis flowers from beginning of January until the end of spring. The gorgeous flowers are a true added value to your garden at that dark time of the year.
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 planted in the garden then it will be sufficient to give twice a year a slow-active organic fertilizer. Apply this for the first time in March, and the second time in September.
  • For Helleborus Niger in pots you should use once per month a liquid fertilizer when watering.
  • Around Christmas is the best time to remove the old leaves. This prevents that the new flowers get stuck inside the long leaves.
  • Leave ca. 5 cm of each leave as this will allow the plant to dry off the leave in the best way.