thanks for sharing Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps. Recently I separated them and ended up alternating them between hostas. Coral bells can also be planted in combination with other perennials in beds and borders. Q. Coral Bells - Some of the older leaves as well as new leaves are curling and turning brown. I am so glad to have found this information. Coral bells, which are also known by their botanic name "Heuchera," are one of the best plants you can add to your garden. !........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!!! They can also be considered for ground cover. Joseph De Cross from New York on June 26, 2012: Thanks for introducing to us these Coral Bells and its varieties. To start your seeds outdoors, surface sow them in your garden in the fall. It’s best to grow them either in the shade or in a spot that gets morning sun only. Use a sharp knife or clipper and cut any dead or diseased leaves anywhere on the plant. If you are thinking of purchasing coral bells, just make sure the variety is suited to your gardening conditions. If plants are deadheaded you will get repeat blooms that could last through August! TillieBell....I love your hub about Coral bells....and they are probably exactly what I need to ask Jim to plant in our shady spots....you did say they will do OK in the shade, right? They come in a variety of colors and hummingbirds love them. 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. Thanks for stopping by. 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. I started my in shade and they did very well. Your botanical knowledge make us look like Peter Pan: Will we ever grow up? In the south they need to be planted in shade because the hot sun will burn their leaves and cause leaf scorching making the plant unhealthy and unattractive. That's how I started with it then spread it all over the place. There are approximately 37 species of heuchera occupying different ecological niches across the continent. 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. Glad you liked my hub and pics. Q. Coral Bells – Indoors? I wonder if it could be grown on future space projects(Moon, Mars, International Space). If you see this happening to your plants, gently step on the root ball to force it back into the ground and then add a thick layer of mulch. Pruning and deadheading: After blooming, remove the spent flower stalks at the base. Easy to grow and multiply. Sgbrown I'm sure you won't be disappointed. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. If you want to fertilize, use a slow release fertilizer in the spring. The Native Americans used different species medicinally. Palace Purple and Peach Flambe sound classy enough. An oldie but … Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to them. 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. They would be lining my shady front pathway. You can add a side-dressing of compost in the spring. I hope I've introduced you to this fun plant and you'll be adding it to your garden! voted up/away. Different varieties have different requirements though most like humus rich soil that is well drained. Space them 12 – 18 inches apart. Your descriptions, pictures and easy instructions on fostering these are delightful to follow. Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 13, 2013: Thank you for reading and sharing Michelle. To start your seeds indoors, 6 - 8 weeks before your last frost surface sow them in containers filled with moist soil. Most gardeners purchase their coral bells as plants in the fall. They look spectacular. It is easy to grow them because they grow well in any soil as you have stated. So, if you're asking "Do coral bells spread?," the answer is yes. Just separate at the root ball and plant as usual. About the same time my mother-in-law asked me if I wanted some plants from her garden and lo and behold the purple coral bell was one of them! I have always liked them; they are a nostalgia flower for me. Remember to cut dead flowers off as well. Yes, it will grow in the shade. Small bell-shaped flowers on tall stems attract hummingbirds and make nice cut flowers. Q. Coral Bells - Do you cut back coral bells to the ground before winter? I'm sure that they are available in England also. Divide to multiply: After four or five years, coral bells lose their vigor. You hub is very useful with great tips. brightened up my day . Heuchera plants form round mounds with a woody rootstock or crown at their base. I live in zone 6, and my heucheras are comfortable in the sun. 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. I enjoyed your article and especially how to prune them. Mom's were the "original" coral color--hence their name. It’s primarily featured in landscapes for its foliage. 1. FOAMY BELLS (Heucherella) If foamflowers and coral bells are growing well for you in your zone 4-9 shade garden, then be sure to give foamy bells or Heucherella a try. I now have over 8 plants and the landscape looks amazing - even for an amateur gardener such as myself. S/F Cranesbills (Geranium spp.) To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. Billybuc, I'm sure they have to be around there somewhere. 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. For all they offer, coral bells and its kin are not particularly difficult to grow. You are a walking-talking Botanical encyclopedia! are flowering perennial plants that are native to North America. They do offer a lot of color don't they? After that, you will only need to water during any dry spells. They are easy to propogate (multiply) and divide easily. It is a fast-growing plant that is easy to divide. So, if you're asking "Do coral bells spread?," the answer is yes. Light Requirements of Easy to Grow Coral Bells. In the spring, you do not need to cut last year’s leaves as new leaves grow on a long stem that crawls across the surface. Replant your divisions 12 – 18 inches apart. S/F Hosta, impatiens, ferns and caladiums are other natural companions. Most varieties are a deep purple or burgundy, but colors available range from red to lime green. Perennials multiply exponentially—one stem is likely to triple or quadruple itself each year. I have never divided them. Why? Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 10, 2013: Found this while browsing Pinterest, and could not resist the read. This area gets some mid afternoon sun. Coral Bells. I wish I had a garden to put some in. More Varieties of Coralbells. Planting Tips. I know harsh winters can be just that, harsh. Their leaves are rounded, lobed, hairy, and evergreeneven when covered in snow. I'm sure Jim will be thrilled I've added more work for him. cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on June 25, 2012: tillie , beautiful hub love the colorful flowers. 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 so glad to learn more about my heuchera--thanks! Coral bells prefer an even, never soggy, supply of moisture in rich, organic, well-drained soil. Heuchera prefer rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic pH 6.0 – 7.0. I couldn’t understand why she liked it so much. Some clay soils can prevent water from draining away from a plant’s root system. These heucheras only need to remove the dried leaves. The flowers grow in panicles which are clusters of flowers which grow on long, slender stems that can be 18 – 24 inches tall. 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. When my kids were in Girl Scouts, we learned a song, "White Coral Bells." These plants are tried and true. That didn't occur to me. Coral Bells have small bunches of flowers that grow on a long stalk. Yes, I believe coral bells are "old fashioned" flowers that have weathered well and are such a joy to have in the garden. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 25, 2012: Coral Bells are beautiful and great to plant in a garden. Although some Coral Bells do grow well in clay soils, they don’t like to be too wet. However, one of the easiest to grow and most interesting in the garden is coral bells.Their botanical name is Heuchera and since they they grow well in my garden, I wrote this article. When she bought her house, there were coral bells growing in her yard. Once upon a time, coral bells were grown for their dainty flowers, which by the way, attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They grow from a woody rootstock and produce a rosette of leaves that is 12 – 18 inches wide and 12 – 15 inches tall. Ah Lord, I don't want to grow up! Glad you stopped by Moonlake. Coral bells will need to be divided every 3 – 4 years. Round, 1- to 2 inches leaves with scalloped edges form neat foliage tufts. Another transplant of my purple coral bell. Coral bells can be grown in full sun but do best in partial shade. Mary, this is a superior gardening hub on the curiously named Heuchera. Thank you for the information, lovely photos and great article. Sometimes hybrids can be finicky. up++. Now I can look at it with a view of dividing it. Give the new plants a good watering at transplant time. 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. Their colorful leaves are great way to add color to your shade garden. Now I know how to divide them. Her articles focus on everything from self-help to gardening. I love my coral bells, which are beginning to multiply. RTalloni glad I could help. The seeds will germinate the following spring after the last frost. 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