Re­move tat­tered helle­bore leaves

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

Helle­borus niger, also known as Christ­mas or Len­ten rose, flow­ers be­tween De­cem­ber and march.

Yours may be in bloom now, and if it is, dead­head as flow­ers fade so the en­ergy goes back into the plant rather than cre­at­ing seeds.

Re­move the old, tatty leaves to make room for new growth and re­duce the risk of rain-splash, which can carry fun­gal spores.

Mulch the root area af­ter­wards, avoid­ing the crown.

Re­mov­ing old leaves keeps the plant healthy

Helle­bores are an early year de­light

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