How to Transplant Hellebore

Updated February 21, 2017

Hellebore is also known as the Christmas rose, since it flourishes in colder weather. The plant is a low-maintenance perennial that can thrive in almost any soil condition. Hellebore is a drought-resistant flower, although it will bloom more impressively with regular watering. When transplanting hellebore, select a site that gets plenty of sun. Keep in mind that the plant may not bloom the next year, as it will use its energy to establish itself in the new location.

Select a new site for the hellebore that receives full sun and has well-draining soil. The soil should not collect puddles of standing water after rainfall.

Remove any existing weeds from the site with a garden spade. Discard the weeds in the garbage. Do not compost them, or you will spread the weed seeds with the compost.

Dig a shallow trench around the plant that is at least 1 foot larger in diameter than the widest part of the hellebore. Dig the trench with a hand spade and make it 2 inches deep. Do this in the late summer or fall, when the hellebore plant goes dormant and will not become distressed by the transplanting process.

Switch to a larger spade and insert the edge in the trench. Drive the spade 1 foot into the ground on a diagonal under the hellebore. Move the spade around the hellebore, following the line of the trench, until you have dug up the roots.

Dig a hole in the new site that is as deep as the hole you just dug to remove the hellebore. Lower the plant into the new hole and firm the soil with your hands. Water until the soil settles.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Hand spade
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