We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, so you might as well prepare for it or rather prepare your garden! However, winter flowers are rare and you will find them listed here. The magnificent Christmas Rose (hellebore) is aptly named, because it is in winter that we can observe its flowering. This evergreen perennial is part of the Ranunculaceae family. When the end of flowering rings, the Christmas Rose reveals its magnificent petals to beautify the garden. This plant grows even under the snow, because the cold and the lack of shade do not bother it. Discover all the tips for planting and caring for hellebore.
1) When and where to plant the Christmas Rose?
Hellebore is grown in all regions of France. He is recommended to plant hellebore in the fall for a nice flowering in winter. However, you should know that the Christmas Rose only flowers after 1 or 2 years, so you will have to be patient. If the planting stage is done well, you will see your plant flourish for many years.
Prefer one rich, well-drained soil as well as a partial shade exposure. The Christmas Rose fears excess humidity in the earth.
2) How to plant hellebore?
The plant can be directly planted in the garden or in a planter for terraces and balconies.
- Dig the soil to remove all weeds and stones.
- Add planting soil and composted manure to the soil.
- Dip the pots of plants in water to moisten them before planting.
- Make a hole of 20 to 25 cm (twice the volume of the bucket).
- Space each plant about thirty centimeters apart.
- Place the clod in the middle of the hole, the top of it must coincide with the height of the ground.
- Fill the hole with the rest of the soil and tamp lightly.
- Water generously.
do not forget to mulch around the plan with dead leaves or other organic matter that will feed the soil. mulch will also keep the soil cool et will protect the roots.
For a potted cultureyou just need to make a mixture of loam and potting soil.
3) Hellebore maintenance
Once established, the Christmas Rose requires very little care and will bloom in the same location for many years.
Watering: The first year, it must be regular to promote rooting. Beware of standing water or excess humidity which can be fatal to the plant.
Cut : Gradually remove withered, stained or faded leaves. Once in bloom, remove spent flowers.
Fertilizer : In the garden, be sure to add humus regularly in spring and mulch in winter. In pots, the substrate is quickly impoverished, do not hesitate to add fertilizer.
Sources : Meillandrichardier, of Jardiner