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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dividing Hellebores

Holy cannoli, check out the size of this Hellebore! It's been in the garden about 5 years now. Although the books say that Hellebores will grow fine in bare or average soil, I planted this one in a spot that had just been amended with composted manure. It quickly grew into a monster sized plant.

Here's a side shot, you can see that it is in a full sized wheelbarrow. I have to tell you that I almost flipped myself upside down when I tried to lift it out of the ground. Note to self, trying to lift something the same size as myself is not a good idea.

I really had no idea how to divide this thing but when it comes to perennials I've become quite adventurous. So I simply grabbed my super-de-duper unbelievably sharp, root knife and started sawing away. You can see the center line where I simply when down between the emerging leaves.

I didn't cut them down too small because I really don't know how Hellebores react to being divided. All the pieces were replanted in well amended soil.

One division though was saved and I potted this one up in a big fat pot. I plan on leaving it in the pot all winter to see what happens.

So far it's been 24 hours since I cut this clump into pieces and the foliage hasn't wilted. I've got my fingers crossed that I didn't kill this beautiful plant. Tomorrow I need to remember to water all the divisions well since the ground here is bone dry and there's no rain in the weekly forecast.

Wish me luck!
Melanie


4 comments:

The Galloping Gardener said...

Really delighted to find this post as I had no idea how to divide hellebores and my garden back home is just filled with them! Thanks.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Good luck girlie! I wish I was there to be the recipient of one of these babies from the giant mama! I have a feeling "They'll be b-o-c-k!!"

Mary Delle said...

Hurrah for your hootzpah. I hope your hellebores will do well.

George said...

Great pictures. How did your divisions do? I'm hearing different things about hellebores so I wanted to check and see about your results. Thanks!