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Baltimore, MD
Feb 13, 2018 6:06 PM CST
It has been an extremely cold winter and many of my helebores have black leaves. What should I do.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Feb 13, 2018 9:10 PM CST

Wait (im)patiently for new leaves to grow.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Feb 14, 2018 8:02 AM CST
As long as its the old leaves, shouldn't be a problem.

Some people who don't have enough to do in the garden advocate removing the old leaves... Personally, I feel that makes the plants look bad... Much prefer the winter damaged leaves to the look of cut up plants.

If you start seeing issues with the bloom stalks.... Is when to be concerned.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Feb 14, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Leave the black and brown leaves, when the new growth starts coming up than remove the old. They should be fine.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 15, 2018 7:48 AM CST
PLUS !😀! : CW : The old leaves, are insulating the plant.👍🙊
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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