How do you find your Heuchera?

docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)October 21, 2012

I'm curious where the serious growers get their plants. I moved into a mainly shady yard nearly a year ago. We've now been through all of the seasons, so I feel like I know the yard well enough to get to work making it what I want it to be. So, are there preferred online sources? Do people grow from seed? I've tried that and it seems slow. Can Heuchera be propagated by cuttings or by splitting the root ball like hostas? Or do you just pick them up at your nearby nursery/garden center? I only have one mature plant, that I transplanted from my other house, but I love it because it's beautiful year round. And mine has been blooming to some extent all summer and fall. It had a flush of blooms in early summer, but there has been 1-3 flower stalks throughout the season. And they last forever! My biggest problem with Heuchera is their small size. I have almost 2 acres, with most of it either grass or flower beds under tall oaks and pines. In the fall, everything gets buried in a very thick layer of oak leaves and pine needles. The current beds are almost completely taken over by Lily of the Valley, Lamium, and English Ivy. I'd love to get rid of these and replace with ferns, Heuchera, foxglove, hosts, etc. So, I need LOTS of heuchera. I do't even need fancy ones. Just hardy, healthy-looking specimens that I can mulch around. So, where do you get your plants? TIA for any info. By the way, I do have an indoor light set-up and I have coleus cuttings rooting (hopefully). So, if rooting cuttings over winter is an option, I could do that.

Martha

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vivian_2010

Hi Martha,

Home Depot and Lowels carry several kinds that are popular and good growers. Most of mine are from these two stores, they are less expensive and often at mature size (almost). I typcially see the following at Home Depot or Lowels,

Obsidian (my favotrite dark purple)
Caramel (nice yellow)
Encore
Berry Smoothie
pinot gris
Southern comfort
and other varieties.

You may not see all of them at the same time but throughout this year, I have seen many varieties at these stores.

For hard to get varieties, my favorite online store is Ilovehostas.net. Their plants are in deep 3" pots, healthy and take off quickly. They only charges $3.99 for S/H.

Good luck
Vivian

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 9:57PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Thanks, Vivian!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 6:03AM
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sharoncl(z5 WI)

I like to propagate from seed because you can get some interesting variations. But like you said, it's kind of slow... so if I'm trying to fill a space more quickly or looking for a specific color, I propagate my heuchera by splitting their rootballs or breaking off some of the woody stems and replanting those. Both ways work pretty reliably.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 9:07AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Thanks, Sharon. I'll definitely try the splitting or rooting cuttings. I have one that is decent sized and I love its colors and blooms. If I could get 10 more of that plant, I'd be very happy.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 7:05PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

There are some informative videos on You Tube of propagation. It is very easy.

I am lucky to live in the land of Huecheras and find them everywhere that sells plants.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:46PM
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jtaylorhou

Walmart....no kidding. Find a Walmart that's located in an area of apartments where few people are keeping gardens. I basically bought their entire stock of Kassandra to place close to my house in an area shaded by a 60 foot tall Pecan tree and Palace Purple to fill a large bed underneath 50 year old Sago Palms. They are doing well so far...we'll see what happens when it gets to be 100 every day here in Houston.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 11:17AM
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