Growing Helleborus is easy. They grow best in rich soil that can retain moisture, and are very flexible in terms of sunlight exposure. As a woodland plant though, they tend to do best in the shade. Once established, they don’t need much water or fertilizer, which makes them very easy to care for.
- Choose a spot with Partial to Full Shade.
- Prepare rich soil, high in organic matter.
- Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the rootball without bending them on soil level.
- Space them 15 inches apart so they have room to grow.
- Add a layer of compost or leaf mold. Repeat annually.
- Water sparingly. They like moist but not soggy soil.
In the winter, cut back the old leaves right before flower buds start to appear. Once the new flowers emerge, add your annual layer of mulch, compost, or leaf mold to help encourage the new flowers’ growth.