I love my coral bells, which are beginning to multiply. As native plants, coral bells are adapted to growing in our climate. Divide to multiply: After four or five years, coral bells lose their vigor. I now have many coral bells divided off the original as well as a few I have purchased to compliment my collection. Have a beautiful day! They do offer a lot of color don't they? These perennials come back year after year in Zones 3 through 9, grow in sun or shade, and their pretty scalloped foliage stays evergreen throughout the winter. Perennials multiply exponentially—one stem is likely to triple or quadruple itself each year. So, if you're asking "Do coral bells spread?," the answer is yes. You can start your seeds indoors or outdoors. Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. How To Prune And Divide Heuchera Coral Bell Plants Posted by Brent Wilson on 6/27/2016 to Pruning Tips There are are many, many types of Heuchera species and cultivars that will return year after year to provide beautiful texture and color in your landscape or gardens. I have several varieties planted and they provide such a nice splash of color in my shade gardens! Coral bells are fibrous roots and easy to divide. They dislike sitting in wet soil. :). Thin your seedlings to 12 – 18 inches apart. Mary has been an online writer for over eight years. Their foliage stays in tidy little clusters low to the ground, then they send up teeny tiny little flower spikes that top out at around 2' or so. Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 11, 2013: Here it is, sung by a group of Girl Scouts...first alone, then as a round. You can prune during the summer as well. Enjoy! Spring is the best time to divide your plants. Sgbrown I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 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! Variegated leaves brighten a shady corner. Tonja Petrella from Michigan on June 29, 2012: I love coral bells! Native to New Mexico and Arizona. Her articles focus on everything from self-help to gardening. Put some mulch around each plant remembering not to let the mulch touch the base of the plant. When my kids were in Girl Scouts, we learned a song, "White Coral Bells." The best time to divide is in the fall. Dividing coral bells is a task that should be done about every three years, and spring is the best time for the job. They are green with salmon pink spires. After that, you will only need to water during any dry spells. Glad you stopped by Moonlake. Times change and so did these plants. I enjoyed your article and especially how to prune them. I'm sure separating them will give them a new star and make them all healthier. Not only do hummingbirds love this wispy-blooming perennial, it is one of easiest, low-care plants around. I must get more! Coral bells can be grown in full sun but do best in partial shade. To see more or order some of the above, you can find tons of sites on the Internet. Feel free to comment on this article and flower, I'd love to hear from you. I have the Palace Purple and the Peach Flambe, which is such a gorgeous orangey color. Ah Lord, I don't want to grow up! It's a very sweet, smooth, lilting melody. Remember I said they spread on their own? From spring into summer, slender, wiry, 1- to 2 feet stems bear open clusters of nodding, bell-shaped, bright red or coral-pink flowers. Q. Coral Bells - Some of the older leaves as well as new leaves are curling and turning brown. You can add a side-dressing of compost in the spring. This will allow more energy for new foliage production and sometimes encourage repeat blooming. Eric Caunca from Philippines on November 26, 2020: Caren White (author) on November 25, 2020: I'm sorry to hear that. Can coral bells take full sun in Zone 8? I am so glad to have found this information. As with many flowering plants deadheading is a good practice. Last spring none of the coral bells came back. Different varieties come in different colors and sometimes the same color has a different variety...different leaf shapes, purple on top or purple on the bottom, some leaves have ruffled edges, some have smooth, straight edges. This interspecific genus was created by crossing the pollen from Tiarella and Heuchera flowers to come up with a new kind of perennial that is a blend of both parents. Do not cover the seeds. Thanks so much for the votes and shares!! They need sunlight to germinate. I love the variety names ( Obsidian, Peach Flambe etc) they conjure up such different images reading about them. Hosta, impatiens, ferns and caladiums are other natural companions. More Varieties of Coralbells. I also didn't know they needed to be deadheaded. Some clay soils can prevent water from draining away from a plant’s root system. Joseph De Cross from New York on June 26, 2012: Thanks for introducing to us these Coral Bells and its varieties. I was planning to take some photos of it tomorrow. Heuchera prefer rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic pH 6.0 – 7.0. Thank you for sharing. 'Palace Purple' is widely available at big box stores and is a great introduction to the world of Coral Bells. Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on June 26, 2012: We have several of these plants in the yard and they are flourishing, which means they have to be hardy, since we even have trouble with zuchinni. Give the new plants a good watering at transplant time. Great information here, thank you for sharing! Good information. Divide to multiply: After four or five years, coral bells lose their vigor. This coral bell is under a lilac bush which is additionally shaded by an evergreen tree. Heuchera are hardy plants that survive punishing winters as far north as USDA plant hardiness zone 4, but they need a little help from you when temperatures drop below the freezing mark. In a year or two you'll be dividing them up because they take up so much space. Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 13, 2013: I liked it so much Lizzy I added it to this hub! Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to them. Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 12, 2013: Beautiful flowers which I wish we could see more of in Singapore. Plant breeders got a hold of them and bred them for more colorful leaves. Different varieties have different requirements though most like humus rich soil that is well drained. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 16, 2015: You are so right Mary when you say that we could write a skadillion hubs on flowers and plants and never even scratch the surface. They are easy to propogate (multiply) and divide easily. I have to admit you can't kill these things, no drought or storm, they just keep growing. Using a sharp knife or pruners, cut the rhizomes apart making sure that each new division has at least one “eye” where the plant will grow from. Remember to dig the hole twice as wide as your 'new clump' and deep enough to cover the root ball. Each variety has its own varieties, leading to hundreds more. Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 17, 2015: I'm glad you found this useful Diana. Because they are native plants and already adapted to growing here in North America, you don’t need to fertilize them. Thanks for stopping by. Abby Slutsky from America on November 25, 2020: I love the pretty leaves of these plants, and I am always looking for plants that like the shade. Coral bells are versatile in the garden and landscape. Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 11, 2013: Lizzy I haven't heard the song but will have to look for it. Check your local nurseries. Curiously named but colorful addition. Sometimes hybrids can be finicky. Most people try to keep the shape nice and round so it is necessary to trim on all sides. Having sand for soil it is not always easy to find plants that do well, but the good old coral bell grows well in just about any soil. Anywho, coral bells are one of those perfect plants that can be used as pepper plants in your garden. When she bought her house, there were coral bells growing in her yard. Hold the foliage out of the hole as you back fill. thanks for sharing Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps. 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! I'm sure that they are available in England also. To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. Mary Craig (author) from New York on August 30, 2012: Thanks Grandmapearl, nice to hear from someone who enjoys them as much as I do. Mary, this is a superior gardening hub on the curiously named Heuchera. Although heuchera cold hardiness differs somewhat between varieties, proper care of heuchera in winter ensures that these colorful perennials are hale and hearty when spring rolls around. Amazing how they can survive on any soil worh trying. I know harsh winters can be just that, harsh. To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. I live in zone 6, and my heucheras are comfortable in the sun. While you're pruning you can cut off the older, outer leaves and trim the plant back to give it a neater appearance. I hope that you can find it in your country. If you remove the flower stems when the flowers are finished, you may get a second flush of flowers. - Can coral bells be grown indoors in containers? Mary Craig (author) from New York on June 26, 2012: I know xstatic, coral bells will grow just about anywhere, in my sand, in your yard...they've got it goin on! Foliage colors include red, purple, silver, as well as green, and some varieties sport marbled or patterned leaves. Space them 12 – 18 inches apart. Round, 1- to 2 inches leaves with scalloped edges form neat foliage tufts. They seem to be everywhere. One of my mother’s favorite flowers was coral bells. Use a garden fork to gently lift your plants from the ground. Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 25, 2020: They are lovely plants. I have several shady places that I need a good shade plant for and I love plants that you can divide and transplant to another spot. Hugs and blessings. Really. are flowering perennial plants that are native to North America. Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 27, 2012: Coral Bells are just what I need to fill some spaces in my garden, although I have always liked them I have never grown them! S/F Q. Coral Bells - Do you cut back coral bells to the ground before winter? The Native Americans used different species medicinally. I have always liked them; they are a nostalgia flower for me. !........I'll bet you look adorable with your big brim hat and gardening gloves and your apron with the little hand tools in the pockets.......JUST LIKE MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY!!! If you are thinking of purchasing coral bells, just make sure the variety is suited to your gardening conditions. Coral bells, which are also known by their botanic name "Heuchera," are one of the best plants you can add to your garden. Your hat is supposed to have silk ties to tie under your chin....like a Southern Belle......TilleBell....as you tend to your Coral Bell.......Jim is like you when it comes to his prized landscaping....he doesn't consider it work. Coral bells (Heuchera) is a traditional foliage plant that has had many newer varieties. When I planted them I added some compost from our compost bin just to the area where I planted the coral bells, not to the hydrangea which had already been there for a couple of years. I love coral bells. Generally, heucheras prefer shady areas, but there are some varieties that like sun. Movie Master coral bells will definitely fill any space. They are colorful and so easy to grow! Love the pictures! It’s primarily featured in landscapes for its foliage. They grow in the shade here and are a little touchy with our harsh winters. I think that's why I like to garden, I get to play in the dirt. Carefully dig the clump from the ground and use your fingers to break it apart. voted up/away. I had some planted here, but we had a hard cold snap a couple of years ago, and it did them in. If plants are deadheaded you will get repeat blooms that could last through August! Coral bells also are easy to propagate by seeds or cuttings. Diana Grant from London on January 16, 2015: I've got some heuchera called London Pride which have been in my garden for about 50 years. There are approximately 37 species of heuchera occupying different ecological niches across the continent. That's how I started with it then spread it all over the place. Besides traditional green-leaved coral bells, new varieties of heuchera have leaves in shades of … coral bells heuchera sanguinea. They can grow up to three feet tall and just as wide under the right conditions. VUMS (Voted Up, More, and Shared). This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. × Heucherella is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the family Saxifragaceae. The leaves can fade or become scorched if they are getting too much sun. Coral bells attract hummingbirds with their long, wispy blooms. The best time to plant them is in the early spring and if planting more than one space a minimum of fourteen inches apart. cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on June 25, 2012: tillie , beautiful hub love the colorful flowers. Thank you for the information, lovely photos and great article. With this type of Coral Bells all the more difficult, they do not have a straight stem. Soil that drains well is critical. Glad you liked my hub and pics. They can fill in any open area with their colorful leaves (and dainty flowers). Invigorate established coral bells plantings by dividing the clumps every 3 or 4 years in the spring. Now I can look at it with a view of dividing it. Mom's were the "original" coral color--hence their name. Use in a mixed perennial border or in a woodland shade garden along with other shade loving perennials such as bleeding heart, iris and astilbe. I do not think that there are big differences between 6 and 8 zones in the level of sunlight. With sufficient water, heucheras can be grown in zone 8 in full sun. Since they are shallow rooted and prone to frost heaving, add 2 to 3 inches of mulch once the ground has frozen as extra winter protection. Coral bells have very shallow roots so in colder growing zones, you will want to add a thick layer of mulch around your plants to prevent frost heaving. Me too! Spring is the best time to divide your plants. Use a sharp knife or clipper and cut any dead or diseased leaves anywhere on the plant. 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