Heuchera Melting Fire Description
Melting Fire Coral Bells is a tough, weather resistant semi-evergreen shade groundcover. Spring foliage is blazing red that eventually turns maroon all summer and it holds this color all summer. Doesn't burn or melt out in heat or humidity. A nice bonus is the heavily ruffled edges. Dark, slender stems bear white flowers in late spring that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Heucheras are an easy way to add color the the shade garden. The foliage is the thing that makes these shade lover stand out in the garden. Ideal for edging a shady path, anchoring a mixed container planting. They don't mind the heat. They hold their color well throughout the season. This shade loving groundcover requires little maintenance on your part and will live for many years as long as you provide good drainage. They can take full sun in cool climates, part shade in warm ones.
Ideal for edging a shady path. They are a workhorse in combination planters, and are stunning in mixed perennial border. Mix and match different Coral bells varieties or paid with bold leaf Hostas, Hellebore 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 'Melting Fire'
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- Sun Exposure:
Shade, Part Shade
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- Height x Width:
14" x 14"
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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
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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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