Heuchera Citronelle Description
We were overjoyed to find this color in a Heuchera, and one that will grow vigorously in the garden or in a container.
Heuchera Citronelle is a cross with a villosa species which is native to southeastern United States. This species is more tolerant of heat, humidity and sun than other types of Heucheras.
This shade loving perennial will have variations in color depending on the climate, and how much sun it receives. (We would recommend morning sun - not the harsh afternoon sun).
Heucheras are best grown in a humusy, well drained soil with sufficient moisture. Once established, it can take on heat, humidity, even poor soil. An evergreen ground cover, you can trim away any tired looking foliage in the spring. Heuchera Citronelle is sure to please with its season spanning colorful foliage all season long in the perennial shade garden.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Color Change, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hummingbird Lovers, Multi-season Interest
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Shade, Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
18" X 18"
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Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Small Spaces, Under Planting, Woodland
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AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:17,934
Ideas and How-to's
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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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