Heuchera 'Appletini' Description
Enjoy all season interest in both stunning flowers and lime foliage on this stunning new coral bells
Heucheras or Coral Bells are stunning perennial shade foliage plants. Appletini has a low mounding habit reaching only 8-10" tall and wide. Although smaller in size to other types of Coral Bells. You'll find it ideal for containers or to tuck into small areas of a shade garden.
Cooler temperatures (early spring and fall) bring out a medium green foliage color with a silvery overlay pattern. These patterns are caused by bubbles of air trapped under the surface of the leaf. These bubbles are contained by the pattern of the veins, which create a distinctive look. More sun exposure will brighten up the foliage to a yellow-green hue.
Foliage color is one of the secrets to long lasting interest in the shade garden providing up to 3 seasons of interest. Heucheras withstands the rigors of heat & humidity in the summer garden. This shade loving perennial needs little maintenance and will love for many years as long as it receives good drainage.
The most stunning feature is the brilliant contrast of deep red flowers on the lime-green foliage. Colorful blooms are held up on slender stalks growing up to 18" attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
This low maintenance shade plant will thrive in moist, well-drained soil. Not troubled by pests or diseases.
Stunning in combination planters, mixed beds, or planted in mass. Lovely when combined with dark foliage heucheras.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Color change, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Foliage interest, Attracts hummingbirds, Multi-season interest
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8-10" X 8-10"
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Woodland
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- Patent #: PP29396
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Soil: Coral bells like a neutral to slightly acid soil pH, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is a must, especially in shaded areas. They do well in soil where some organic matter has been added.
Light: As a general rule, heucheras do well in shade, but for the highly colored varieties, some morning sun will bring out more intense coloring. The color can wash out in full sun, and too much heat and light can cause the leaves to scorch.
Water: Average -- better too dry than too wet when established. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not consistently wet to prevent root rot. To reduce the risk of foliar disease, heuchera require watering during the early morning so any excess moisture can evaporate before evening. Drip irrigation effectively delivers moisture directly to the soil, further reducing the plant's vulnerability to disease.
Spacing: 1.5 ft
Fertilizing: Use good quality compost, or well aged livestock manure, or a combination of the two. Apply a few pounds for each plant, each year or two. On poor soils, top dress every year, or every other year on moderate quality soils. Spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding heuchera helps insulate the soil during winter, and improve moisture retention. About 3 inches of space between the plant's crown and the mulch allows air circulation, which prevents rotting and disease. Replenishing the mulch throughout the year ensures proper winter protection, and hinders the establishment of competitive weeds. Heuchera does not require fertilization during the fall or winter months.
Winterizing: Winter mulching will prevent the freezing and thawing that can heave plants roots.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back the entire flower stalk after flowering to put the plants energy into growing more leaves. Divide coral bells every 3-5 years to keep them from dying out in the center.
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