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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dinxer549
Apr 11, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Hey there,

I bought a Lenten rose in bloom a few weeks ago at Home Depot, but it's going a bit down hill since then.

It's blooms have been sagging as have it's leaves. I watered this morning and the leaves have come back up, but the blooms are still way down.

The leaves haven't turned yellow at all, but they've all started curling. Initially I thought I was overwatering. Now, after how happy they got with water, I'm not sure. Anyone seen this before and have some advise? I've also tried moving it around the room. The window is chilly, but there's a heater I can't control directly under.


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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Apr 11, 2018 11:39 AM CST
What did the blooms look like when you bought the plant?
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dinxer549
Apr 11, 2018 11:58 AM CST
@tx_flower_child

Here's a photo from before. They're always this color, but much more... alive.


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tx_flower_child
Apr 11, 2018 12:38 PM CST
Thanks for posting the picture so quickly! Would it be possible to add a picture of the plant as it is now in brighter light? It would make it easier to compare. (or my problem is that I'm using my phone not my computer.)

Did the plant come with a tag that had a specific name? We have a specific database for Hellebores and it might include the one that you have. Regardless, if you access the generic database for Hellebores and just scroll through pictures that members have posted, you'll see that a number of cultivars or hybrids have blooms that face down.

Again, because I'm using my phone I can't give you a link. So here's how to get there in case you don't know.
At the top of the screen you'll see Plants Database. Pull it down and in the search field type 'hellebore'. That will take you to the screen telling you about the database for Hellebores and various ways to look through it. (Sorry if I'm telling you something you already know.)

Obviously we live in different parts of the country so what's true for my growing conditions might be very different. I will say, tho, that mine are planted in the ground. They get some morning sun but that's about it. I hand water them when I remember. (They live along a path I don't walk by very often so I forget.)

I think you have one with very pretty blooms. Our local nurseries have had them on sale lately and they are hard too pass up.

I haven't seen any that are grown indoors. That might be your issue. They might need cooler temperatures than what you have inside. Also, since you've only had them for a short time, they might be going through a little shock. They've gone from the grower to the seller to you.

And maybe someone else will hop on and be able to give you very specific advice.
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 11, 2018 1:02 PM CST
Your Hellebore is being cooked by the radiator. Find it a cooler spot.
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