10 TIPS ON USING HELLEBORES AS HOUSEPLANTS

Because hellebores generally bloom in the middle of winter they are commonly known as the Christmas Rose. The flowers come in a number of colors, but he white varieties can provide a suitable contrast to the strong reds of many of the holiday season houseplants. The only trouble is that hellebores thrive in cool temperatures so treating them as houseplants can prove problematical. These ten tips on the best way to deal with these problems come from an article by Meghan Shinn which I found on the Horticulture Magazine website.

Visiting a garden center at this time of year may reveal pots of white-blooming hellebores among the poinsettia, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites. These hellebores are usually selections and hybrids of Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose. It?s a perennial that typically blooms in December where winters are mild. In colder-climate gardens, the Christmas rose may bloom in late fall or in earliest spring. Helleborus niger and its cultivars are generally winter hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 9.
The Christmas rose?s natural bloom time, its large, clean white flowers and its deep green foliage has made it an easy plant to mix in among holiday decorations. (Note: They are poisonous if ingested.) Unfortunately, hellebores are not particularly suited to the conditions found inside most homes in winter. One problem is the air temperature. Hellebores prefer cool winter temps. Another problem is low light.

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