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Deadheading hellebores. Talk me through it.

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ArseyTussle Thu 25-May-17 19:25:46

I know I'm supposed to deadhead them, but what does that mean exactly? Cut the stem with the dead flower on it down to the ground? Cut just the flower head off and leave the stalk poking up?

JT05 Thu 25-May-17 21:21:07

Deadheading on Hellebores, is cutting the whole stem out. I leave mine as the seeds self sow and you get more. 😊
However, do cut out any old leaves that are beginning to go brown, in order to avoid disease.

ArseyTussle Fri 26-May-17 17:46:17

Thanks. These are helleborus niger, if that makes any difference.

Chasingsquirrels Fri 26-May-17 17:49:30

I did mine a few days ago, flowering stems at the base.
I cut off old leaves in January leaving only very fresh leaves, so the flowers can be seen.
I have so many seedlings of the things growing underneath the main plants that I no longer leave them to set seed.

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