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when to take off leaves of helibores

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If they are H. hybrids of orientalis type, then now. If they are H. niger, corsica, foetidus etc. then not at all unless dead leaves.

1 Mar, 2010


why would you take the leaves off at all Owdboggy ?

1 Mar, 2010


The old leaves often look tatty and distract from the flowers. However, if it's still very cold and frosty, you might want to delay removing them for a week or two to protect the new growth

1 Mar, 2010


Agree Andrew they can look very tatty but would hold off at present .

1 Mar, 2010


Well it is certainly cold and frosty here and has been for a few weeks. However, the new flower stalks of my few Hellebores are already 6 to 9 inches high and ready to flower.
The leaves are removed as the old ones around this time of year harbour a rather nasty fungus/virus/bacteria (no one is quite sure which) which causes the dread Black Death' of Hellebores. Removing the leaves before the pathogen gets into the plant is the only way to prevent this nasty thing killing the plant.

1 Mar, 2010

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