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Heuchera Plant Care Guide and Varieties (Coral bells)

 

Heuchera Plant Care

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Overview

Heuchera, also known as coral bells, alum root or Saxifragaceae, is an herbaceous perennial plant commonly grown as ground cover available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and textures. The name coral bells reflects the appearance of the ornamental flowers, though the semi-evergreen foliage is an attractive feature in itself. Heuchera, native to North America, thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 11 and often grows with little to no care in most temperate regions.

Site and Soil

Plant your heuchera in a location with moist, well-drained, fertile soil that receives partial shade throughout the day. The plant tolerates full sun or full shade, but partial shade yields the best results. A soil amendment of organic compost increases the drainage and fertility of the soil to adequate levels. Heuchera grows well and provides a nice accent in a location near other herbaceous perennials. Spacing separate plantings 10 to 16 inches apart provides plenty of room for growth.

Watering

Watering once every seven days will prevent the soil from drying out completely. Heuchera needs consistently moist soil to thrive, especially in hotter climates. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, heuchera requires watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant’s vulnerability to disease.

Mulching

Spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding heuchera helps insulate the soil during winter and improve moisture retention. About 3 inches of space between the plant’s crown and the mulch allows air circulation, which prevents rotting and disease. Replenishing the mulch throughout the year ensures proper winter protection and hinders the establishment of competitive weeds.

Fertilizing

Apply a 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer monthly during the spring and summer months at half the rate recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions. Watering the soil before and after applying prevents root burn and dissolves the fertilizer, releasing the nutrients. Heuchera requires minimal nutrients and does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.

Dead-Heading

Removal of faded heuchera flowers extends the blooming season and encourages the plant to form additional blossoms. This process, known as dead-heading, also prevents the plant from producing seeds and invading other portions of the lawn or garden. Severing the flower stems at their point of origin minimizes damage to the plant and makes re-blooming less stressful.

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From Wikipedia …

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit:-

 

  • ‘Blackbird’[3]
  • ‘Burgundy frost’[4]
  • ‘Can-can’[5]
  • ‘Chocolate veil’[6]
  • ‘Fireworks’[7]
  • ‘Magic wand’[8]
  • ‘Molly bush’[9]
  • ‘Purple petticoats’[10]
  • ‘Quilter’s joy’[11]
  • ‘Raspberry regal’[12]
  • ‘Sashay’[13]
  • ‘Smokey rose’[14]

 

Selected species

 

 

Also …  Native Plant Database ~ Here

7 responses

  1. Very hardy plants…I had one in the pot for many years.

    May 11, 2014 at 1:23 am

    • i see that, mine survived the frozen flood and subzero temps🙂 yay, hope it spreads out this year

      May 11, 2014 at 1:25 am

  2. These tips is very helpful for growing heuchera plant. Thankyou for sharing!

    January 23, 2015 at 5:56 am

    • welcome, they are very beautiful🙂

      January 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

  3. Fertilizers are very important for the nourishment of plants but the selection of fertilizers play a more important role. There are some important considerations which are to be kept in mind before selecting fertilizers for your Hostas.

    December 1, 2015 at 7:53 am

  4. To make a smart choice for fertilizers i would suggest you to read hostas direct content http://bit.ly/1kMJsL5 which will help you in choosing the right fertilizers for your plant

    December 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

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