The best garden position for hellebores is under trees which lose their leaves so that the evergreen plants get enough shade in the summer and enough sun in the winter. Hellebores are planted in the summer. Remember that they need limey soil to grow well and that the distance between the plants, which like to be planted in groups, should ideally be approximately 15 cm.
Fertiliser tips in autumn – hellebores
From the end of September onwards, hellebores of the niger-variety (bot. Helleborus niger), also known as the Christmas rose or black hellebore, enjoy being fed with fertiliser. We recommend you use organic fertilisers such as cattle dung, for example. Add approximately 50 g/m² of fertiliser lime should your soil be deficient in lime. This guarantees an optimum supply of nutrients.
When and how should you fertilise?
Organic fertilisers, such as for example horn meal, compost or stored, optimally pre-composted cattle and horse dung can be given to your plants when they start to flower, and again from approximately August to September. However, be sparing with your fertiliser. Three litres of compost per square metre and per year are entirely sufficient.
Please do not forget that all parts of the hellebore are highly poisonous. Ensure that children and pets do not handle or eat Christmas roses.
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