I was going to plant a (sad) hellebore yesterday and as I lifted it from the pot I found it was absolutely full of woodlice. They'd been breeding in there. I just left it in the sun but I'm not sure what the right thing to do is.
Is the plant best abandoned rather than planted? How much of a problem are woodlice to plants generally and should I have killed them rather than letting them all run for cover? My skin is still crawling a bit from the sight of so many.
Woodlice just exist under pots. I don't think they do much damage - they like the dry conditions under there. Which are conditions, incidentally, that hellebores don't like - they enjoy shade and damp. If it's looking a bit sorry for itself, my guess would be that it's been too dry, not that the woodlice have chomped it. I wouldn't leave it out very long at all - it needs the wet. The woodlice should have dispersed by now.