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Heuchera - Plum Pudding / Size 1
Heuchera Plum Pudding Coral Bells

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Product Code: HEUPLU1

Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' - also known as Coral Bells

Overall Description

Plum Pudding is a hybrid variety of Heuchera, or Coral Bells, as they are commonly known. This variety / species is grown mainly for it's extremely nice, colorful foliage - but does have small rather inconspicuous white flower blooms in early to mid summer. The blooms are held of light panicles, which extend slightly above the rest of the plant foliage. Expired flower panicles may be removed so as to extend the blooming period as long as possible but, as mentioned above, this plant does not possess large, showy, or fragrant flowers, and is grown mainly for it's foliage colors.

Foliage is a mounded clump forming type of leaf, with very attractive plum purple & silver coloration.........with dark purple veining throughout each leaf. Leaves are distinctly lobed, and actually look somewhat similar to maple leaves in overall size & shape. This plant is considered to be evergreen in warmer climates, but will die back to ground level in the colder zones of it's overall hardiness range. In colder climates, Plum Pudding Heuchera is considered an ornamental perennial, and will benefit greatly from the application of a good thick layer of mulch after the first ground freeze of the winter season.

Popular uses for this plant include as a colorful groundcover, low growing colorful accent, edging along walkways, paths, etc........and looks especially striking when planted in groups. Enjoys anything from full sun, to partial shade - and is disease & pest resistant. This is a great low growing, low maintenance plant with great color all season long!!

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 12" - 20" ( flowers panicles often extend up to around 24" )

--Mature Width : 14" - 20"

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
4 - 9 will suffer some branch die back in the coldest zones, but will still come back in spring. We strongly recommend pruning the entire plant down to a height of 3" - 4" after the first frost, and then covering with a healthy layer of composted leaves / pine needles, etc for extra insulation over the winter. Remove composted leaves / pine needles in early spring.

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - best blooming, and best color in full sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained with plenty of organic matter is preferred. Mulching also strongly recommended for best results. Mixing some good grade potting soil with native soil when first transplanting will greatly benefit this plant.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous Perennial - considered an evergreen species in warmer climate zones. Nice plum purple & silver foliage has darker purple veining throughout each leaf. Leaves have a crinkle appearance, and somewhat resemble the shape & size of a typical maple leaf.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - rather small, inconspicuous white flowers are produces on panicles which extend slightly above the overall plant height. Panicles may be removed / cut away to extend blooming period if desired.

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious threats are known to exist for this variety, although can never rule out the occasional garden snail, slug, or other related commonly seen garden inhabitants.

--Recommended Spacing :
14" - 18" apart for most garden planting situations - can be grouped into plantings of 2 - 3 plants in one location with a tighter spacing if desired.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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