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Question

January 2, 2016

I have a Lenten rose plant that is getting too crowded.  I need to move it. When should I move it and is it possible to divide it when I do?

      

Answer

Lenten rose or Hellebore is a fabulous evergreen perennial that blooms in the winter months and in the shade.  I would definitely wait until after the plant has totally finished blooming before transplanting it.  This should roughly be in mid-April.  Dividing the mother plant is usually not recommended, but you can remove crowns that are coming up around the mother plant.  A nice clean cut to sever the ties should be safe. Remember the plant is poisonous, which is why deer leave it alone, but if you get the sap on your skin, some people have an allergic reaction, so wear gloves when handling it. 

 

 


 

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