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Provo, UT, zone 5-A near Salt
Nov 20, 2017 7:41 PM CST
I just planted two Helleborus orintalis in Provo, UT, zone 5-A in a shaded area of my yard. They are small plants with plenty of leaves, sent to me by Michigan Bulb Co., in a small temporary pot. It gets cold here. Is there anything special I need to do for them to make it through our cold winters? I did mulch them with apple tree leaves and left some of the plant poking up out of the mulch. Did I leave anything out? I am new to this species of plant!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 20, 2017 8:01 PM CST
I don't do anything special for them - I don't even mulch. I believe they are hardy to Zone 4 so should do fine in your area. Your problem (and mine) is not the cold but the dryness. Don't let them dry out and dehydrate in the cold. Instead of leaves (which may cause mold or rot problems) you may be better off with water walls which will freeze solid but keep the humidity in. Smiling After they are established, don't worry about them.

Here is one of my Hellebores emerging from a snowbank last March.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Nov 20, 2017 8:24 PM CST
I also have found no need for Winter protection. But I have found that the ones I have planted in sun outperform the ones I have in the shade.

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