ne of the flower plants that is beautiful and has become my choice lately is coral bells. In the botanical language called Heuchera, there are also those who call it by name “alumroot”. Why is it my choice, because this plant can provide color and beauty beyond the garden.
We can add coral bells or heuchera to almost all flower places and it can grow well with adorable results and the beauty is quite pronounced.
Initially, I found it hard to love flower plants because I actually didn’t like plants because of the leaves. But by finding Heuchera, I became interested in these leafy plants, especially those with colored leaves.
Many people also like this flower plant, some of our clients even want us to replace their flower pots with alumroot plants, and learning how to live the coral bells plant is truly exciting.
HOW TO GROW HEUCHERA (CORAL BELLS)
After reading this article, we are sure you will also like a flower plant with the botanical name Heuchera.
There is an attraction that makes many connoisseurs of flower plants like coral bells, the main thing is the beautiful colored leaves, some varieties of coral bells are dark purple and some are dark red. In addition to that color, there is also a lime green leaf color.
Heuchera plants have long flower bunches at the ends of which have small flowers.
The flowers are small and delicate with various colors, but the color is not too striking so it is beautiful in view. Heuchera plants are very good if added to the garden as an accent of beauty. Flowers are not too prominent, so the large, beautiful leaves are the main attraction of this plant.
If you live in an area that is rather dry and hot, then the alumroot plant is one option that should be cultivated. The beauty of this alumroot plant is very good as xeriscaping and waterwise in our garden.
Most of the Heuchera can grow in hard zones, namely zones 4-9 and can thrive in the mid zone, 5-7. Some heuchera can also grow along the northern part of zone 3 and some others grow along the southern part of zone 11. In this case, I have seen alumroots growing in New York and growing as healthy as those grown in Texas, and Florida.
I once experimented with my plants, during the summer I went traveling and left my plants in the garden without watering. I want to see which plants can survive and grow well among several flowering plants. Fun thing, we found that coral bells planted on the ground still grow healthy and happy without watering, it only gets water from nature naturally.
Another good choice for growing coral bells is to provide containers. In containers, this plant can also grow well and fertile. The variety of colors makes this plant perfect to attract the beauty of the park.
FULL SUN OR NO SUN, HEUCHERA DOESN’T CARE!
Coral bells plants do not matter where you place them, in a sunshine or in a place without sunlight.
This plant is considered a shady plant that grows a lot under bushes, but I have tried to place it in full sun and they live safely and in control.
However, you have to check the variety, our experience says that coral bells with darker leaf colors prefer sunlight, while those with bright leaves prefer shade.
Just like other plants, Heuchera as a whole prefers shade to sunlight, especially in the afternoon.
Our experience says that Heuchera plants can survive in dry conditions without even a drop of water, even if they last for weeks without water, that’s why we recommend you plant this tamana if your place is dry and hot. However, this plant still needs water, we see that watered alumroots will be healthier and better than other alumroots that live without water.
Many people say that coral bells like moist soil. With moist soil this plant will grow happily and be the best thing for plants in the sun.
Rainfall with a level of 1 inch a week is enough for the Heuchera plant, if the weather is very hot and this plant is in full sunlight, then I will usually water it with an interval of rain for 30 minutes. I also plant coral bells in places that have never been flushed. But they still survive well, so in conclusion, coral bells plants are beauty plants that can survive without rain and water for a long time.
It’s important to remember, the Heuchera plant is more likeable and happy if you water it with the right water. But if you want to take a vacation, you don’t need to be afraid of drought because this plant is resistant to all conditions. There’s nothing you need to worry about during your vacation.
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THE BEST SOIL
In the wild, coral bells grow well in steep areas or in rocky environments that offer good drainage. So, to get good results in growing heuchera, we should imitate the environment or its natural habitat. It grows well on steep slopes in mountains.
Use nutritious soil, full of organic matter, and you need to compost twice a year. This will support a pretty good growth for this plant.
Coral bells will not grow well if planted in clay or very dense soil. He needs a rocky land that can flow through water well. We can use sand mixed with compost in a pot, so that it can get good drainage when it rains or when it is watered with excessive water.
How to plant Heuchera to grow well? You don’t need to plant the alumroot too deep, the roots are very shallow, so just dig a little. Do not until you dig the soil to half the depth of the pot, because this is not good for growth.
If you choose to grow small clumps from mature plants, you might need more time to get them rooted properly. Preferably, before moving to the garden or planting it there, we first plant it in a small pot until it is well rooted. When the roots are strong and old, they are ready to be moved to the garden or open land.
SHOW ME THE SEEDS!
If you choose to plant from seed by sowing it on the ground, then do it indoors before you move it out of the room. Fill the seed tray with one part seed and one part perlite, and moisten it with water, this will make it easier for you to do it.
Maybe, it’s a little difficult to sow seeds on a tray, because the seeds of the heuchera plant are very small. If you have already put on a tray that has been prepared for seeding, do not cover the ground, the seeds of caral bells need sunlight to germinate.
Only by using water mist, this is enough to make them germinate, but the time needed to germinate is around 2 weeks. You have to wait for two weeks, then just see the seeds begin to show their shoots and sprouts.
However, if you apply the “set it and forget it” method, then you should sow it directly in an open field in a room. Do it in the spring and don’t let you run into cold weather before the plants germinate. So you can try to sow Heuchera directly However, we have no experience of direct sowing on land or open land.
Heuchera heave, dividing plant, and removing leaves
Now you have chosen the location to plant, get the right soil, and you have already done the watering.
When the ground freezes or thaws, it tends to push coral bells off the ground, exposing the crown, and the plant, when it looks a little funky.
What is the solution: all you have to do is dig a new hole and place the plant kebali in its new place. Remember, do not prune leaves during winter, to add a little extra frost protection in the case of heaving.
Now, when the Heuchera plant is large, maybe after a few years, you can easily share this plant. Just use a ground knife for precession. If you want, you can also pull the heuchera lump directly by hand. Loosen the soil around the plant and it will come back refreshed.
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PESTS, PROBLEMS, AND DISEASES
It is possible to get pests, there are some experiences from our friends where their coral bells plants experience pest attacks.
Among the most common pests are fungal infections, fungal infections can be rust, usually occurs in a greenhouse.
The best solution to eradicate plant diseases is to ensure good air flow around the plant, good drainage, and not too moist soil. When watering the heuchera, water the base of the plant and do not spray water on the leaves.
Mushrooms are very easy to occur when the weather is humid and hot. Careful watering is usually enough as a way to prevent mold.
Personally, I prefer to spray chemical pesticides on plants (when absolutely necessary), because these are not fruitful plants. So there is no problem with consumption. However, I will leave some of it to wait for the weather to dry because the fungus will usually disappear by itself.
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Another thing that needs to be done is to remove damaged plant material and sometimes you have to throw the infected plants into the trash and burn them there, if the atmosphere is out of control.
If you are not sure of the natural way, you can use fungicides regularly to control plant pests.