One of the most versatile perennials you can grow in zones 4-9 is Coral Bells (Heuchera). Here’s a plant that will grow in any amount of sunlight, from full sun to full shade, as long as you water it. Ideally, coral bells prefer partial shade and average moisture levels.
Additionally, should I cut back coral bells?
Grown for their colorful, heart-shaped leaves and summer flowers, coral bells (Heuchera spp.) … Come late winter or early spring, you should prune your coral bells to remove tattered leaves and to make room for new growth.
Thereof, how do you care for coral bells?
Give them well-drained, moist, rich soil that’s neutral to slightly acidic, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Some species, like H. sanguinea, don’t tolerate clayey or acidic soils. Other than keeping them regularly watered during their first year of growth, heucheras don’t require much care.
Do coral bells come back every year?
To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. They will also multiply on their own and after three or four years may need to be thinned out, but what a joy to have a plant that grows so well you have to “weed it out” every so many years!
With pruning shears, cut back the foliage that dies 3 inches above the ground in late fall or early winter. If your coral bells grow as evergreens in your climate, do not cut the foliage at this time. Wait until spring when new growth starts, and cut back any damaged, dead or unsightly stems.
Dividing and transplanting coral bells can be done in spring or early fall when the plants are not actively blooming. Wait until a cool, overcast day to transplant, or do it in the morning when the weather is cool and moist.
Just remember that, in the middle of winter a ravenous deer or rapacious rabbit will eat anything, including a heuchera.
Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.
Fertilizer. Feed coral bells in the spring with a half-inch layer of compost or a light amount of slow-release fertilizer. This plant has light feeding needs; you should avoid heavy applications of quick-release fertilizers, as this will inhibit flowering.
Coral bells won’t bloom at all if they are not cared for properly. They require rich, well-draining soil and prefer moist, cool conditions. This can be a delicate balance as they like the soil continually moist — but too much water may cause fungal diseases such as root rot to develop.
Planting Coral Bells in Pots
Coral bells have shallow roots, so a tall container is not necessary. … Coral bells prefer partial sun conditions but can tolerate full sun or shade conditions too. In general, Heuchera with lighter color leaves often prefer shadier conditions, and darker leaved ones can handle more sun.