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Growing Heuchera

Growing Heuchera

Georgia Peach Heuchera

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Hardy perennials primarily grown for their colorful foliage, but some varieties also have attractive flowers. Good in garden beds, rock gardens, and mixed containers. Varieties with red or pink flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Makes a good cut flower. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. New breeding has resulted in a huge range of leaf colors and textures and improved heat tolerance. Also called Coral Bells, in reference to the bell-shaped flowers. Plant after the last frost in spring with the roots just slightly deeper than in pots. Seed types can be sown indoors 10 to 12 weeks before outdoor planting time. Do not cover seed.

Maintenance

For moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Grow most varieties in part shade to full shade, but Georgia Peach (12343), Miracle (12345), and new Paris (12207) can be grown in full sun. Benefits from mulching.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other shade perennials with attractive foliage include Ferns, Hosta, and Tiarella.

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders, Heuchera benefits from regular fertilization. Other perennials that attract hummingbirds include Cardinal Lobelia (13092) and Monarda.

Heuchera Facts

Usually problem-free, but rust is an occasional issue. Plants can be prone to frost heaving in winter when grown in heavy soils. Mulching in fall can help reduce this problem. Replanting somewhat deeper will allow heaved plants to recover. 

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