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Care of the plant Heuchera sanguinea or Coral bells.

Care of the rhizomatous plant Heuchera sanguinea or Coral bells

The genus Heuchera, family Saxifragaceae, comprises 60 species of rhizomatous plants native to Northern Europe and America. Some species are: Heuchera sanguinea, Heuchera elegans, Heuchera villosa, Heuchera maxima, Heuchera americana.

Common names: Coral bells, Alumroot, Crimson bells. This species is native to Mexico and Arizona.

They are perennial rhizomatous plants that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. The leaves closely resemble those of the Pelargonium and can be green, silver gray, bronze or burgundy in color. The small flowers appear in clusters at the end of long flexible stems and can be red, white or pink. They bloom throughout the summer.

They are used to form borders, beds, rockeries, in pots for balconies, patios and terraces or as indoor plants.

Heuchera sanguinea is an easy-to-grow plant that needs a semi-shade exposure; They should not receive direct sunlight, especially in the hottest hours.

The soil can be a garden substrate with 1/4 coarse sand and 1/4 peat.

Water frequently (a glass of water per plant) so that the soil is always moist but never puddles.

Prune withered flowers and dry leaves.

Fertilize in autumn with humus or compost and during spring and summer with mineral fertilizer every 15 days.

They are plants quite resistant to pests; it is necessary to watch the excess of irrigation.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring (wait a year to transplant the seedlings) or by division of rhizome in autumn.

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