I planted a few hellebores bought at a spring plant sale (these were not labeled for variety or color) and planted those in the spring of 2013. I do have a healthy looking plant which grew that year though it always seemed on the small side. But since I didn’t know the variety or any information about the plant I had, I just hoped to keep it happy and have some pretty flowers in the late winter or very early spring of 2014.
No flowers at all last spring. None. Zip!
So I am waiting with bated breath for THIS spring. It is sure to happen this spring, right? I want some flowers! I didn’t get any last spring and I expect to see them this coming spring.
Since I bought my plants at a plant sale ( my local garden club) they were chosen from seedlings which the members share for the sale to raise money for various projects. So according to what I can read about hellebores on the internet, these seed-grown plants would probably take two years to bloom. Therefore, if mine don’t bloom this coming spring, I will have to come up with some other excuse.
From the information I gather, it seems it is best to purchase plants in bloom to be sure of what you’re getting. That way you can probably avoid disappointment since a lot of the hellebores don’t resemble their parent plant.
This plant is also called the Christmas Rose or Lenten Rose because of its resemblance to a rose blossom and the time of year when it blooms. In zone 7, it can bloom at Christmas, but in the colder zones it will break through frozen ground and bloom in the early spring.
I will be on watch for mine in March. Let’s hope I won’t be disappointed.
Have you grown hellebores? How did that work out for you?