How to Prune Coral Bells

For your garden to look neat, organized and attractive, you need to prune your plants regularly. This applies to perennial species in particular, such as hostas and heucheras. This involves use of tools such as hand clippers, shovel and gardening trowel.

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Here are some guidelines for pruning heucheras:

• Use hand clippers to cut off unattractive, infected or dead flower stems and foliage. Cut these parts down to the base without disturbing the crown of the plant.

It is better to prune coral bells during early spring or late winter when they start growing again. Cut off any foliage that dies during this growth phase.

• Mix one part of bleach with three parts of water to make a clear solution. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol having equal quantities of both.

Dampen a clean rag with this solution. Sterilize your hand clippers by cleaning its blades with this rag. Do the same with other tools such as garden trowel and shovel.

• Any heuchera flowers that start fading need to be pinched or cut off. This pruning technique is referred to as deadheading. It facilitates better growth of flowers in coral bell plants.

• After pruning your heucheras, make sure you don’t leave any clippings around the plants. This can attract pests such as slugs and black vine weevils which chew on the foliage of these plants, causing leaf damage.

These clippings may also include infected flower stems which may spread diseases among your plants if left lying around them. You can either keep these clippings in waste can or mix them with organic matter such as compost.

Precautions While Pruning Your Plants

Pruning is an important task in garden maintenance, regardless of whether you are planting hostas, heucheras or any other species. You need to take certain precautions while pruning your plants. Some of those have been mentioned below:

You should know the right usage of your garden tools. Using them carelessly may even end up hurting you! It is also necessary to clean the tools after every use so that your plants stay free from diseases.
• If there are any electrical lines passing through your garden, stay away from those while pruning your plants.
• Wear gloves while doing any gardening work.

Facts about Slugs

Facts about Slugs

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Slug Eating Hosta Leaves

Before taking any measures to kill slugs in your garden, it is helpful to know some facts about them.

•During winter season, slugs wait under garden debris and other areas that are protected from chill. They lay eggs mainly during early summer and spring. Based on temperatures, it may take 10 to 100 days for these eggs to hatch.
•In places where the climate is moist and cool, slugs lay eggs more than once in summer. Slugs show maximum activity in damp and cool days, and nights when they get out of their shelter to feed on foliage of plants.
•There are multiple species of slugs, which differ from each other in size. While some species are 7 inches long, some other are only one and a half inch long.
•A trail of slime in silver color indicates the presence of slugs in a garden.

Use Heuchera Coral Bells to Beautify Your Garden

Among perennial plant species, heucheras are quite popular. Because of their colorful foliage and beautiful flowers, they are commonly used in gardening and decoration. Here are some ways to enhance the look of a garden with heuchera coral bells.

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Coral Bells with contrasting foliage

Making Contrasts in Foliage

Almost all perennial species have a beautiful flowers, but once they bloom, the foliage seems to fade into the background.

The foliage of coral bells on the other hand, look exceptional because of their outstanding shape and attractive colors. These plants are some of the best means to create contrast in the garden! The variety of foliage color in different heucheras plants include pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, black/dark, and silver veiled leaves! The leaves feature distinct shading and veining. In some varieties, the leaves have a ruffled surface which gives them an interesting texture. Grouping three, five or seven plants together is the best way to arrange coral bells in the garden.

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Used as Cut Flower Subjects

Some heuchera have beautifully showy flowers in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, and purple. One can make good use of these heuchera flowers in cut flower arrangements. The delicate stem of the flowers can grow up to about one foot above the leaves, and some varieties rebloom or continuously bloom during the season! You can cut these flowers and use them in arrangements of other flowers to make a lovely mix-and-match bouquet!

Complementing Other Plants in the Garden

One can use coral bells in numerous plant arrangements in the garden. These can be planted along the edges or borders.

Even when planted in pots or containers, heucheras prove to be an excellent choice for garden decoration.

Arranging heucheras in the right way can add an impressive appeal to the look of your garden. Both foliage and flowers of these plants contribute to the beauty of the garden!

Useful Advice for Planting Heucheras in Containers

Coral bells are perennial plants known for their dramatically varying color of foliage. Some of the common colors include red, orange, yellow, green, purple, black, silver, and pink! The edges of the leaves of these plants can be ruffled or smooth.Heucheras

Growing coral bells in pots and containers makes them look even more appealing. These plants are shade perennials and have minimal annual maintenance.

Here are some useful points of advice while growing coral bells in pots and containers.

Choose Matching or Contrasting Containers

It is a good design idea to grow heuchera plants in containers that match or contrast with the color of their foliage. You can place these containers at entrances, near gates or doors, or near pathways. Some species of these plants have more than one color in their foliage! In some other species, the color of the foliage slightly changes every season. For such species, you can go for multicolored plant pots.

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A mix of contrasting colors can sometimes make your garden look even more attractive. You can place two containers together, one having a heuchera plant with dark-colored foliage, and the other having the same with a light-colored foliage.

Proper Drainage

The pots or containers in which you are growing your heucheras need to have adequate number of holes for drainage. You can prevent the holes from getting clogged by using a layer of pottery rocks and shards.

Choose the Right Soil Mixture

The soil mixture is one of the most important factors while growing coral bells in a container! For heucheras, you should avoid using mixtures which have too much peat, since peat is designed to hold water and heucheras don’t like to have ‘wet feet’. It is sometimes welcome to mix a slow-release fertilizer in the soil.

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While growing heuchera plants in containers, you also need to shield them from harsh weather conditions.

If you live in a cold region, you should bring them inside a garage or basement and cover these plants to protect their roots from the chill in winter.

If you live in a place with a hot climate, you should avoid exposing them to too much sun and extremely hot weather in summer.

Embellish Your Garden with Heuchera Plants

Heuchera is a native plant of North America. It is also known as Coral Bells.

At present, Heucheras are becoming very popular among gardeners. Like hostas, the foliage of Heucheras also shines brightly in the landscape. This plant attracts the attention of viewers primarily due to its striking color options.

Heucheras can be easily planted and you do not have to put extra effort in terms of their growth.

These plants enhance value and add beauty in your garden, and are available in a wide variety of foliage and flower colors, textures, sizes.

Leaves on Heuchera come in nearly the entire spectrum, with multiple representatives in hues of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, darks/blacks and silver veiled!  Some Heuchera even display a rotation of colors, changing with the seasons!

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H. ‘Georgia Peach’ with other plants

You can plant Heucheras both in the ground and in pots. They look spectacular with other shade perennials (such as hostas, brunnera, astilbe, etc) in the garden as well as making a beautiful contrasting addition in mixed container plantings!

In warm climatic conditions, it is suitable to plant Heucheras in areas where they can get more sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon. On the other hand, in cold climatic regions, you need to plant them in areas that are exposed to more sunlight, though they generally do not enjoy full sun all day.

Naturally, a Heuchera plant blossoms in the late spring, and the colors of blooms are typically pretty showy as well!  They come in white, pink, red, yellow, and purple shades.

In the early spring you can remove the old and damaged leaves to give them a clean and tidy look – we recommend leaving the foliage on the plant over the winter to help with frost protection.

Make sure that while planting, you do not bury the crown (point between roots/shoots, i.e. growing plate) too deep!  Heucheras are sensitive to crown rot, and prefer their crowns at soil level.