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Do you cut back hellebores after flowering?
The best time for pruning a hellebore plant is late winter or early spring, just as soon as the new growth begins to appear. This new growth should come straight up out of the ground as little stalks. These stalks should still be surrounded by a ring of last year's big leaves.
Do Hellebores flower twice?
Hellebores are reliable and flower every year once established with little or no attention. Most are very hardy, H5 which is -15 -10. Hellebores require little or no maintenance, but they do better if the old foliage is removed in late winter during January.
Do I deadhead hellebores?
I firmly believe that one of the most useful things you can do is to cut off last year's foliage at the end of the season as this prevents hellebore leaf spot disease being carried through the winter on the leaves and infecting the flowers. ... I always cut off all the flower stems before the pods split.
Is hellebore poisonous to dogs?
Hellebore (Helleborus spp.), a member of the buttercup family, is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Thankfully, its foul taste often prevents them from eating it in large quantities. Even the name of the genus refers to its toxicity.
When should I buy hellebores?
You can buy flowering plants ready for planting from late autumn in 9cm (3½in) or larger containers. It is best to avoid planting during the dry summer months.
How tall do hellebores get?
1 to 3 feet 3 to 8 feet
Can hellebores be grown in pots?
You can keep it potted until you're ready to put it in the ground outside, or you can keep it potted and enjoy it indoors and out, year round. Hellebore needs rich and well-drained soil, so be sure to choose a pot that drains and use a rich organic potting soil or add compost to existing soil.
Where should I plant hellebores?
Grow hellebores at the front of a border in sun, or full or partial shade, depending on the variety you choose. They do best in fertile, well-drained soil.
Will vinegar deter slugs?
A spray bottle filled with plain white vinegar is a great cure for slugs that aren't on plants. ... It should kill lots of slugs, and keep skeeters away for a good two weeks. It might even repel larger pests, like rabbits and deer!
Are Slugs good to have around?
Slugs and snails are very important. They provide food for all sorts of mammals, birds, slow worms, earthworms, insects and they are part of the natural balance. Upset that balance by removing them and we can do a lot of harm.
Do slugs die in winter?
Slugs stay active when temperatures remain above 5C (41F). Because of the warm winter, slugs have not gone into hibernation and have been eating and and breeding through the winter months.
What time of year do slugs go away?
Every gardener knows that slugs and snails are active in warm weather and absent in cold weather. They come out after it rains or when plants are watered. This makes it the best time to put out your slug and snail pellet baits. They hibernate or die during heat and drought.
What time of year are slugs most active?
Slugs remain active throughout the year, unlike snails, which are dormant during autumn and winter. Warmer weather, combined with damp conditions greatly increases their activity. Slugs are most active after dark or in wet weather.
Can slugs find their way back?
Slugs can find their way back to where they came from by leaving a unique scent trail.
How far do Slugs travel at night?
Do snails know where they are going?
Snails appear to have a homing instinct over short distances, as proved by a famous experiment in 2010 that involved moving snails from the garden they were found in. But research published on Friday shows this homing instinct can be overcome for many snail populations.
Are leopard slugs rare?
Leopard slugs (Limax maximus) can grow up to 20cm in length and are recognisable by their distinctive, leopard-like spots and colouring. ... Sexual encounters in the slugs are relatively rare: they can fertilise their own eggs, so some individuals never mate. And those that do need only to mate once in their lives.
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