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RE: When to move hellebore seedlings? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bubba62 on 03.02.2008 at 03:38 am in Hellebore Forum

I think it's best to move them asap in order to minimize damage to the roots of both the seedlings and parent plants. I use a pencil to gently loosen the soil below the seedling, then use it as a lever to ease the plant out of the soil. The most important thing about the process is never to touch the stem of the seedling; this causes invisible bruising which can destroy any potential for growth. Always handle only by the cotyledons at this stage. The roots, if intact, will be three-pronged, and should hang vertically into the new potting mix; and I'd recommend going with pots (deep, narrow ones are best for hellebores)to begin with. About a 50/50 mix of good soilless mix and perlite will give you the drainage the plants need. If you do decide to plant the seedlings out, I'd recommend either doing a raised bed with loose, fluffy soil, or at least backfilling with a soilless mix. If it's dry and powdery, it'll be easier to sprinkle it around the roots without compressing them, but you'll need to make sure it gets well moistened after the planting process is complete. After that, the biggest danger to seedlings is overwatering, so you need to be attentive about that, too. Hope this helps - probably way more than you wanted to know, but I've grown hundreds of Hellebore seedlings every year for about 15 years now. Here's a link to a little blog I've been writing - I just did an entry on Hellebores a couple of weeks ago.

Here is a link that might be useful: Transitional Gardener blog

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clipped on: 09.07.2008 at 08:02 am    last updated on: 09.07.2008 at 08:02 am

RE: Hellebores planted on a slope (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: razorback33 on 07.18.2008 at 02:41 am in Hellebore Forum

FWIW.. I have not experienced great success with Helleborus that were planted on clay slopes, without modifying the planting area.
Clay, which is composed of extremely fine soil granules that retain moisture, tends to be very acidic. Hellebores prefer a near neutral to slightly alkaline soil (pH 6.5-7).
A clay slope sheds water very rapidly, as the tightly packed soil has a very slow absorption rate. Heavy rainfall tends to runoff and only moistens the clay a few centimeters deep. Hellebores must have a moist, but well drained location for their roots.
For best results, I would suggest creating small terraces for the plants and ammending the soil with compost, leaf mold or pine bark fines, to a depth of 10-12 inches for improved drainage and increased pH. Pea-sized gravel can be included, if necessary, for improving drainage.
Hellebores are not shade plants, only shade tolerant. The more sunlight(morning or dappled preferred) or bright reflected light(high shade) they receive, the better they perform and bloom. In my experience, if located underneath low limbed evergreen trees or shrubs, you will likely have a foliage only plant(no blooms!). I have had to move many volunteer seedlings to encourage flower buds.
As long as the roots are satisfied and the foliage is shielded from hot, direct afternoon sunlight, they will grow and multiply and bloom reliably each winter!

They have been one of my favorite plants for more than 20 years and there are hundreds of them(encompassing 11 different species) in my garden, which produce many offspring(seedlings) each year. Being open-pollinated, the seedlings produce mostly unattractive flower colors.
Double flowered hybrids are the rave plants now. To me, some are attractive, some not, in either case, expensive!
Good luck and enjoy!
Rb

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clipped on: 09.07.2008 at 07:56 am    last updated on: 09.07.2008 at 07:56 am

help please with ventilation

posted by: kateskouros on 07.31.2008 at 05:14 pm in Appliances Forum

i am ordering a 48" captital range w/ six burners and a griddle. appliance salesman "A" says i can use a Best by Broan P8 (850 cpm blower) with a PIK45 insert.
i speak to appliance salesman "B" and he insists i need a P1952M70CMSS (1100 cfm blower) with a PK2238 power pack.

i know NOTHING about ventilation issues so please forgive my ignorance. the range will back an outside wall so sending the smoke outside will be pretty easy. thanks in advance for your help.

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clipped on: 08.03.2008 at 09:39 am    last updated on: 08.03.2008 at 09:39 am