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Redwood City, California
thequeenofthemay
Jan 28, 2018 1:14 PM CST
i haven't been able to grow my winter rose. It gets several leaves but then they turn brown. I picked these off and saw another green shoot coming up but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It is in a pot on my patio and gets morning and early afternoon sun. I was told during the winter to move it to a sunnier location. What can I do to grow this beauty. Thank you, new gardener.
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DaisyI
Jan 28, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Welcome!

What kind of Hellebores are you growing? Some go mostly dormant in the winter while others seem to grow, even under the snow.

How long have you had it? What size pot is it in?

How cold is it getting at your house? It could be that it needs those dead leaves to protect new growth.

Photos would be good.





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stone
Jan 29, 2018 12:40 PM CST
I can't say that I've ever container grown them....

I certainly wouldn't be cutting the leaves off.

One possible cause of the browning leaves is the hellebore black death disease that seems to be infecting all the patches in my area.
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/...

If you have that.... Toss the plant out.
Redwood City, California
thequeenofthemay
Jan 29, 2018 1:26 PM CST
Dear Daisy the size of the container approximately 10 inches. It is called "A New York Black" because the flower petals are such a dark purple they look black. I purchased it from a bulb company online as a starter. We had a 39 degree night this past week, but now we are unseasonably warm (66-70) daytime and 47 last night. I live on the San Francisco peninsula so it can get cold and damp. That's usually our version of winter here. I had read an article that said to move the plant from partial shade to a sunnier spot during the winter in this area. Anyway thank you for responding. If any tips come to mind much appreciated. the queen of the may
Redwood City, California
thequeenofthemay
Jan 29, 2018 1:35 PM CST
Dear Stone, thank you for your reply and the link to the Royal Horticultural Society. I don't believe any disease is involved, just operator error. These type of plants are new to me. It looked like a healthy starter when I transplanted. the bulb company showed it growing in a container for people with city gardens such as myself. I moved back to the SF Bay area a few years back from upstate South Carolina, 30 minutes east of Hartwell, Georgia. I miss it and the people. I had a great gardening pal there. Anyway I'm a novice but I just plan to keep on learning. queenofthe may
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DaisyI
Jan 29, 2018 2:43 PM CST
That looks like a new color of the old garden favorite. So, it could get a couple feet across. In Redwood City, it should be evergreen.

Your pot is too small for long term care - but you can wait until the plant is larger. Your potting soil should be rich and organic but light and well draining. Keep the soil evenly moist.

As you just planted, it needs a chance to settle in and grow some roots before you will see some top growth. Chances are, its a seedling so won't bloom for a couple years. It may have been better off in the nursery pot it came in. Don't take off anymore leaves.

I bought a Hellebore in a 4 inch pot from an online nursery years ago. It languished for 7 - 8 years before it finally took off. Hopefully, your's will be a little faster.

I had never heard of Hellebore Black Death Disease so read Stone's article with interest. I don't think that's your problem.
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Redwood City, California
thequeenofthemay
Jan 29, 2018 7:24 PM CST
thank you my dear. Seeing the the words 7-8 years helped me because I thought it should have taken off by now. You know the power of advertising, I'm sure. I won't take off any more leaves, I promise. Thank you for your interest and help. signed thequeenofthemay.
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tantefrancine
Feb 27, 2018 5:23 AM CST
I search online and I found this:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

If I were you I would do this:

I would buy my favorite largest container (I get it from Walmart) : Misco self-watering container. The largest one is 16.8" measured on the top. I like it because I can always check when it needs watering, and yet you cannot water it too much because the water will drain out if it is over watered. It is plastic, so after a while they will get brittle and break, but they cost less than $10.00. Since you water it from the opening near the bottom, you can see when you need to add water, so the plant can get it when it needs it. I have Hellebores but they are all in the ground.
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kniphofia
Feb 27, 2018 11:24 AM CST
They will grow happily in containers, I've had one for 10 years. It's quite normal for last year's leaves to look a little tatty and black at this time of year, a lot of people do remove them to better display the flowers and new growth.
They are extremely tough plants. If you've not had it long it will probably take a little while to settle in but I doubt you're doing anything wrong.
Let us know how it does once the new growth starts to show. They are stunning plants and worth perservering with.
Redwood City, California
thequeenofthemay
Feb 27, 2018 2:40 PM CST
You people are the bet. Thanks. I was ready to give up on it , which is not my nature to do (space limitation). But thank you for caring. It's supposed to be beautiful plant. And tomorrow is another day. QueenoftheMay

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