Are over-sized hellebores prunable?
I have a magnificent, handsome, supremely healthy Hellebore Argutifolius (the Corsican hellebore) in my front garden, growing in a 16" diameter wooden tub. It is in full shade and has been in the same container for a probable five years or so. Never a single spot of disease on it, though it does usually take quite a lot of watering during each summer, reaching out of my window with a can. I often need to water it in emergengy because it suddenly does a droop. It is actively leafing at the moment. Maybe it's just my imagination, but this spring it seems to have reached a size a little bigger than I have ever seen it. The weather prophets foretell a hot, dry summer ahead (we've had cool and wet ones for two years in a row here in England), and I am anticipating it will be a lot of work for me keeping it hydrated this year, especially with my disability. It is too heavy for me to lift and re-pot into a bigger container.
My question is this: Can anyone advise me re whether hellebores are prunable, a bit like shrubs? I have never tried it. Has anyone else ever? Will it likely harm the plant, or will it not mind and re-grow to recover a nice shape still, albiet at a lower height? Does anybody know? Hands up children!
Thanks and best wishes, JONATHAN H.
- 4 May, 2009