Heuchera Pear Crisp Description
Heuchera Pear Crisp is a charming accent for any spot in the shade garden.
Pear Crisp Coral Bells will delight and charm you with frilly lime chartreuse foliage that some say is so frilly you might just mistake it for leaf lettuce.
In spring, ruffly leaves flush out with the warm yellow of sun-ripened pears creating a tight mound of only 7" high and 10" wide. In late spring, wiry 13" spires of white blooms are often visited by butterflies and hummingbirds.
Pear Crisp Coral Bells holds its color well even in the high heat and humidity of summer. Deep shade brings out a less brilliant tone. A couple of hours of morning sun will bring out the best luster. The color continues in winter in warm climates where it stays evergreen.
Heucheras are a low maintenance, shade loving groundcover that thrive in moist, well-drained soil. They can take full sun in cool climates, part shade in warm ones. Stunning in combination planters, mixed beds, or dark foliage plants such as Heuchera Obsidian.
Other combination ideas include pairing with Hardy Ferns, bold-leafed Hostas, or Hydrangeas.
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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- Botanical Name:
Heuchera 'Pear Crisp'
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- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
13" x 10"
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- Bloom Season:
Accent, Border, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Small Spaces, Under Planting, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #: PPAF
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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