About coral bells Most coralbells sport clouds of tiny, bell-shaped pink, coral, red, or white flowers in late spring or early summer. 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. The seeds will germinate the following spring after the last frost. Plant breeders got a hold of them and bred them for more colorful leaves. Keep them well-watered the following year as they become established in their new home. If planted in full sun, extra moisture must be supplied to prevent drying out. I'm sure Jim will be thrilled I've added more work for him. More Varieties of Coralbells. To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. Different varieties have different requirements though most like humus rich soil that is well drained. Dividing coral bells is a task that should be done about every three years, and spring is the best time for the job. They need sunlight to germinate. I love my coral bells, which are beginning to multiply. It is nice to know more about 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. Good information. Easy to grow and multiply. I started my in shade and they did very well. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for another informative article about growing plants. I like the color they add. Frost heaving is what happens when the soil alternately freezes and thaws during the winter and perennial plants are thrust out of the ground. 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. thanks for sharing Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps. You can grow coral bells from seed but if you are using seeds that you collected from your colorful hybrid plants, they will not grow into plants that resemble the parents. Mary, this is a superior gardening hub on the curiously named Heuchera. I also have newer red leaved ones, which are very pretty. They can fill in any open area with their colorful leaves (and dainty flowers). Her articles focus on everything from self-help to gardening. Caren White (author) on November 26, 2020: Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 26, 2020: I can easily understand why these coral bells would attract hummingbirds. After covering up the new plants, tamp the dirt around each new plant. Now I know how to divide them. Amazing how they can survive on any soil worh trying. Hold the foliage out of the hole as you back fill. Divide to multiply: After four or five years, coral bells lose their vigor. I had never seen them before and thought they were fascinating. They grow in the shade here and are a little touchy with our harsh winters. Oh, God bless you!! Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 25, 2020: I tried growing them before but never had much luck with them. Carefully dig the clump from the ground and use your fingers to break it apart. Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 13, 2013: Thank you for reading and sharing Michelle. 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. Just separate at the root ball and plant as usual. They would be lining my shady front pathway. The flowers were miniscule and the foliage was nothing special. Round, 1- to 2 inches leaves with scalloped edges form neat foliage tufts. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 27, 2012: I will have to try some coral bells. S/F Cranesbills (Geranium spp.) !........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!!! Feel free to comment on this article and flower, I'd love to hear from you. I hope that you can find it in your country. 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. You can prune during the summer as well. Glad you stopped by Moonlake. Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. What a great investment. They will grow anywhere you know ;). While I'm talking about different varieties, you might like to know that different varieties can also have different colored flowers, they are by no means all white. Do not cover them. Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 10, 2013: Found this while browsing Pinterest, and could not resist the read. Coral bells are fibrous roots and easy to divide. VUMS (Voted Up, More, and Shared). I now have many coral bells divided off the original as well as a few I have purchased to compliment my collection. A hybrid of garden origin, it is the result of a cross between two distinct genera, Heuchera and Tiarella, and shows similarities to both parents.This type of intergeneric hybrid is quite rare, and is indicated by a multiplication symbol before the name. We all have so much to learn about each other and our countries...one of the reasons I love hubpages. coral bells heuchera sanguinea. One of my mother’s favorite flowers was coral bells. Native to North America, coral bells (Heuchera spp.) Thanks for sharing! It is a fast-growing plant that is easy to divide. 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. As with many flowering plants deadheading is a good practice. They are green with salmon pink spires. I wish I had a garden to put some in. This will allow more energy for new foliage production and sometimes encourage repeat blooming. Curiously named but colorful addition. Thank you for sharing. Invigorate established coral bells plantings by dividing the clumps every 3 or 4 years in the spring. You are a walking-talking Botanical encyclopedia! 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. I now have over 8 plants and the landscape looks amazing - even for an amateur gardener such as myself. Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 12, 2013: Beautiful flowers which I wish we could see more of in Singapore. To see more or order some of the above, you can find tons of sites on the Internet. Divide to multiply: After four or five years, coral bells lose their vigor. I always water my soil before planting seeds because I have found that if I water afterwards, both the soil and the seeds tend to wash away. Remember to cut dead flowers off as well. Foliage colors include red, purple, silver, as well as green, and some varieties sport marbled or patterned leaves. Generally, heucheras prefer shady areas, but there are some varieties that like sun. The most commonly grown in our gardens is H. Americana, a shade plant. Great information here, thank you for sharing! When my kids were in Girl Scouts, we learned a song, "White Coral Bells." To start your seeds indoors, 6 - 8 weeks before your last frost surface sow them in containers filled with moist soil. Spring is the best time to divide your plants. I also didn't know they needed to be deadheaded. For all they offer, coral bells and its kin are not particularly difficult to grow. on June 25, 2012: Beautiful plants. Use a garden fork to gently lift your plants from the ground. Coral bells attract hummingbirds with their long, wispy blooms. I hope I've introduced you to this fun plant and you'll be adding it to your garden! 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. 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. Moist soil is fine but wet soil is not good. They like sun or shade though in the north sun helps bring out their color. Mary has been an online writer for over eight years. Their colorful leaves are great way to add color to your shade garden. Bloom time is late spring to early summer. 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. Give the new plants a good watering at transplant time. Coral bells prefer an even, never soggy, supply of moisture in rich, organic, well-drained soil. 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? Use a sharp knife or clipper and cut any dead or diseased leaves anywhere on the plant. He loves it.... Mary Craig (author) from New York on June 25, 2012: Quite contrary for sure...but alas, no hat, it falls off my head when I'm gardening. ah ah ah ......HEUCHERA!!!! Put some mulch around each plant remembering not to let the mulch touch the base of the plant. Can coral bells take full sun in Zone 8? The leaves are 3 – 5 inches wide and very colorful. The flowers grow in panicles which are clusters of flowers which grow on long, slender stems that can be 18 – 24 inches tall. Besides traditional green-leaved coral bells, new varieties of heuchera have leaves in shades of … Most gardeners purchase their coral bells as plants in the fall. However, varieties grown primarily for their foliage may have insignificant blooms. Coral bells will need to be divided every 3 – 4 years. I have them in my garden. I'm sure separating them will give them a new star and make them all healthier. 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. They used them to treat ailments such as syphilis and to relieve pain. If you are thinking of purchasing coral bells, just make sure the variety is suited to your gardening conditions. Billybuc, I'm sure they have to be around there somewhere. 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. Thin your seedlings to 12 – 18 inches apart. Variegated leaves brighten a shady corner. This coral bell is under a lilac bush which is additionally shaded by an evergreen tree. If there are smaller root clumps, cut them off and plant them separately as well. RTalloni glad I could help. They are easy to propogate (multiply) and divide easily. Light Requirements of Easy to Grow Coral Bells. I keep talking about the varieties of coral bells so I thought I'd give you a short list of their names. I never have grown them; not even sure if we have them in this area. Coral bells are versatile in the garden and landscape. Use a garden fork to gently lift your plants from the ground. Your botanical knowledge make us look like Peter Pan: Will we ever grow up? 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. Times change and so did these plants. Native to New Mexico and Arizona. So, if you're asking "Do coral bells spread?," the answer is yes. The seeds will take 2 – 8 weeks to germinate. Check your local nurseries. I know harsh winters can be just that, harsh. They should be planted in your garden 12 – 18 inches apart. The leaves can fade or become scorched if they are getting too much sun. So if all you do is halve an overgrown clump this year, it will more than double in a season and need dividing again the next year. You can add a side-dressing of compost in the spring. 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. S/F Thank you. The best time to plant them is in the early spring and if planting more than one space a minimum of fourteen inches apart. Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 25, 2020: They are lovely plants. Bronze foliage is an interesting contrast to other plants. Carefully dig the clump from the ground and use your fingers to break it apart. They can be green, bronze, pink, purple or variegated. Winter Care for Coral Bells. If the plants are in consistently wet soil, the crowns will rot, killing the plants. How to Divide Coral Bells. Planting Tips. Mary Craig (author) from New York on September 24, 2014: Easy Exercise I like your idea of putting them between hostas, I bet it looks great! Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2012: Love it and the plants are gorgeous! Heuchera prefer rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic pH 6.0 – 7.0. I have the Palace Purple and the Peach Flambe, which is such a gorgeous orangey color. It's a very sweet, smooth, lilting melody. No, those aren't foods, they are coral bells. With this type of Coral Bells all the more difficult, they do not have a straight stem. Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 11, 2013: Lizzy I haven't heard the song but will have to look for it. To start with, coral bells are perennials and will come back year after year. Space them 12 – 18 inches apart. After that, you will only need to water during any dry spells. Their leaves are rounded, lobed, hairy, and evergreeneven when covered in snow. Palace Purple and Peach Flambe sound classy enough. Once upon a time, coral bells were grown for their dainty flowers, which by the way, attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Yes, I believe coral bells are "old fashioned" flowers that have weathered well and are such a joy to have in the garden. Coral Bells have small bunches of flowers that grow on a long stalk. Coral bells also are easy to propagate by seeds or cuttings. Hugs and blessings. I couldn’t understand why she liked it so much. They do fine.You can multiply your coral bells just like you do hostas by division, as shown here. They have a proud place in my garden now. Glad you liked my hub and pics. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to them. Perhaps you've heard it? Coral bells can also be planted in combination with other perennials in beds and borders. Ah Lord, I don't want to grow up! They do offer a lot of color don't they? 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. I enjoyed your article and especially how to prune them. They don't look as good as they used to, so I might dig them out, split them, prune them and replace. Replant your divisions 12 – 18 inches apart. I live in zone 6, and my heucheras are comfortable in the sun. And coral bells are so easy to grow. I'm planning on picking up some coral bells - found a good deal on Georgia Peach, which I love. Last spring none of the coral bells came back. I had some planted here, but we had a hard cold snap a couple of years ago, and it did them in. 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. 2. Spring is the best time to divide your plants. Coral bells are hardy in zones 4 – 9. :). They are able to stand up to the conditions found in rock gardens and shady areas too. I'm so glad to learn more about my heuchera--thanks! I am so glad to have found this information. Enjoy! Recently I separated them and ended up alternating them between hostas. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 25, 2012: Coral Bells are beautiful and great to plant in a garden. They seem to be everywhere. Some clay soils can prevent water from draining away from a plant’s root system. They are colorful and so easy to grow! Mary Craig (author) from New York on March 16, 2015: Patricia they really are great plants. 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. Credit: Bob Stefko Photography Inc. 'Caramel' Coralbells. You can transplant your seedlings outdoors after your last frost. Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful, shared and re-pinned. Hosta, impatiens, ferns and caladiums are other natural companions. My mom had coral bells almost the whole time I was growing up. voted up/away. To start your seeds outdoors, surface sow them in your garden in the fall. They dislike sitting in wet soil. 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! The best time to divide is in the fall. Eric Caunca from Philippines on November 26, 2020: Caren White (author) on November 25, 2020: I'm sorry to hear that. These heucheras only need to remove the dried leaves. Mom's were the "original" coral color--hence their name. Coral Bells. Coral bells look great when grown in masses. It is easy to grow them because they grow well in any soil as you have stated. Although some Coral Bells do grow well in clay soils, they don’t like to be too wet. Some sun gets in but it is mostly shade. Q. Coral Bells - Do you cut back coral bells to the ground before winter? Your descriptions, pictures and easy instructions on fostering these are delightful to follow. Plant in masses, for edging, as a specimen plant and in containers. They can be started from seed in the garden; if you do this, be sure to sow in spring. With sufficient water, heucheras can be grown in zone 8 in full sun. Coral bells will need to be divided every 3 – 4 years. are flowering perennial plants that are native to North America. From spring into summer, slender, wiry, 1- to 2 feet stems bear open clusters of nodding, bell-shaped, bright red or coral-pink flowers. 'Palace Purple' is widely available at big box stores and is a great introduction to the world of Coral Bells. I immediately said yes and planted just one in my garden. Mary Craig (author) from New York on June 27, 2012: Thanks Mohan. They are easy to divide and transplant well. They can grow up to three feet tall and just as wide under the right conditions. Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 17, 2015: I'm glad you found this useful Diana. Each variety has its own varieties, leading to hundreds more. 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. Remember to dig the hole twice as wide as your 'new clump' and deep enough to cover the root ball. There are so many flowers and plants that no one article (or even ten articles) could cover them all. Really. Thanks so much for the votes and shares!! In a year or two you'll be dividing them up because they take up so much space. It’s best to grow them either in the shade or in a spot that gets morning sun only. cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on June 25, 2012: tillie , beautiful hub love the colorful flowers. Coral bells, which are also known by their botanic name "Heuchera," are one of the best plants you can add to your garden. Keep the new plants well watered. It’s primarily featured in landscapes for its foliage. This area gets some mid afternoon sun. Coral bells can be grown in full sun but do best in partial shade. Voted up and useful. Coral bells grow just about anywhere so why not the Moon? They can also be considered for ground cover. I love coral bells. Thereafter, keep the soil moist but not soggy until the plants seem to have taken hold. 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! As with so many plants and flowers, crossbreeding and special cultivations have made their leaves as attractive, if not more, to the gardener. Small bell-shaped flowers on tall stems attract hummingbirds and make nice cut flowers. Kelly A Burnett from United States on September 23, 2014: I planted three coral bells four years ago. 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. They will bloom the following year. up++. You can start your seeds indoors or outdoors. Now I'll have to find out. That's how I started with it then spread it all over the place. 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. If you remove the flower stems when the flowers are finished, you may get a second flush of flowers. Tonja Petrella from Michigan on June 29, 2012: I love coral bells! As I mentioned earlier they will tolerate full shade. Yes, it will grow in the shade. Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 30, 2012: A beautifully-written and very informative article! Coral bells (Heuchera) is a traditional foliage plant that has had many newer varieties. Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 13, 2013: I liked it so much Lizzy I added it to this hub! I was introduced to this plant by my daughter. Sometimes hybrids can be finicky. 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! They come in a variety of colors and hummingbirds love them. The Native Americans used different species medicinally. The best time to transplant coral bells is in spring, or early enough in fall so they can become well-established before winter. Anywho, coral bells are one of those perfect plants that can be used as pepper plants in your garden. Thank you for the information, lovely photos and great article. Most people try to keep the shape nice and round so it is necessary to trim on all sides. I have never divided them. Q. Coral Bells – Indoors? Coral Bells feature shimmering plum-purple foliage with metallic silver highlights. 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. Some of the roots actually grow on top of the soil so it makes it very easy to tell where to cut the root off. I have always liked them; they are a nostalgia flower for me. Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. There are approximately 37 species of heuchera occupying different ecological niches across the continent. Heuchera plants form round mounds with a woody rootstock or crown at their base. Q. Coral Bells - Is there any particular care needed for Coral Bells wintering over in the Cape Cod area? The coral bell plant is another perennial that should be at the top of your to attract hummingbirds to your landscape. Soil that drains well is critical. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Beautiful, also pinned and shared! She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. I love the variety names ( Obsidian, Peach Flambe etc) they conjure up such different images reading about them. 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. 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. 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. Coral bells (Heuchera spp.) Why? Joseph De Cross from New York on June 26, 2012: Thanks for introducing to us these Coral Bells and its varieties. Another transplant of my purple coral bell. They grow from a woody rootstock and produce a rosette of leaves that is 12 – 18 inches wide and 12 – 15 inches tall. Remember I said they spread on their own? I will check out if they are being grown in our conservatory at Gardens by the Bay. If plants are deadheaded you will get repeat blooms that could last through August! I'd like this for my garden. Movie Master coral bells will definitely fill any space. 1. 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. 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