Heuchera sanguinea--Coral Bells

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Heuchera sanguinea--Coral Bells

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Spikes of coral colored, bell shaped flowers give the plant its name. They grow in ordinary garden soil if well drained and prefer light, loamy soil but dislike clay. The plants are up to two feet tall when in bloom. If the old flowers are removed a fall display of bloom may occur. Remove and replace old plants about every 4 years. A winter mulch prevents heaving.

Methods of propagation include seed, division and leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings are taken in late fall and consist of the entire leaf plus a short segment of the petiole. Division is the best method and is done in spring. The seed germinates in 3 weeks at 65 to 75 degrees. Do not cover the seed with soil and four weeks of prechilling may help germination.

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