Helleborus pflanzen und pflegen

Planting instructions

Christmas Roses, Lenten Roses and Snow Roses from the Helleborus Gold Collection® are long-lived and robust perennials. They are easy to care for, evergreen and fully hardy. Developing an upright habit, they form clumps of up to 1 m in diameter. Planting them in the right spot in your garden and taking good care of them guarantees they will flower in the winter for years and years to come. You can also use Christmas Roses and Snow Roses to decorate your balcony or terrace during the winter.

The right place:

Christmas Roses and Lenten Roses prefer a partially shaded to shaded place that protects them from the midday sun in the summer. The mild winter sun doesn't bother them, which means that deciduous shrubs or trees are perfect neighbours for them. In contrast, Snow Roses also tolerate a sunnier place. If planted in the right spot, hellebores will last for decades. They will grow more beautiful and charming every year.

The best planting season:

The best time to plant Christmas Roses, Snow Roses or Lenten Roses is September to December, before the ground is frozen, and spring, when the ground is no longer frozen. Take care that there is an adequate supply of water, especially after planting. Plants in containers should never be allowed to get completely dry. Also, take care to avoid waterlogged conditions.

The optimal soil:

Hellebores are long-lived perennials. If they like the place where they have been put, they will stay there for many years. All varieties from the Helleborus Gold Collection® prefer rich and chalky soils, but will also thrive in other locations that are not prone to waterlogging.

Planting instructions for the garden
Christmas Roses Christmas Roses Planting guide
Snow Roses Snow Roses Planting guide

Planting containers

Helleborus is a deep rooter, so if planting hellebores in a container, you want to use containers that are deep enough. Planters should be thick-walled and sufficiently large to prevent the soil from freezing easily as the plants cannot absorb water when the roots are frozen. They should also be frost-proof. Make absolutely sure to avoid waterlogging by always using containers with drainage holes. Use any standard planting media with a pH level that is not too acidic (do not use peat moss on any account; it is most unsuitable). To prevent the drainage hole from being blocked, place a layer of several centimetres of clay fragments or expanded clay granules at the bottom of the container. During the winter, check every now and then that the drainage holes are not frozen up. For the summer, move the planters to a shady place, where your hellebores will serve as a lovely ornamental foliage plant. Hellebores can be planted out in the garden in spring after flowering. Remove any old or damaged leaves and dead flowers before planting to allow the newly forming leaves to develop unhindered.