Hellebore hybridizing

Marty DeHart visits with a passionate plants person who hybridizes and cultivates hellebores. It’s mid-March, and these ‘jewels of winter’ are showing off their colors in beautiful blooms. We learn the successes of hybridization: the new characteristics, bloom size, colors, and habit are evident in the several cultivars we examine.

Gardener Extras

  1. To propagate hellebores yourself, the easiest way is to divide them. Evergreen hellebores should be divided in late fall, before new leaves emerge. Hellebores that lose their leaves in summer should be divided just after they finish blooming.

Gardener Notes

To contact Joe Woodard, visit helleboreplants.com and use the form at the bottom of the page.

Marty DeHart

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