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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Most Heucheras grown for their colorful flowers do well in coastal Southern California -- in fact, some are actually hybrids of species native to nearby regions. However, many of the newer Heuchera hybrids grown mostly for their colorful foliage may be short-lived, due to warm summers, lack of winter chill, and alkaline irrigation water. Plant them in partial to full shade for best results.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    February
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    8. Transplant

    Divide older clumps if desired, saving only fresh new rooted stems.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.
    2. Plant

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Mulch

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.
    7. Transplant

    Divide older clumps if desired, saving only fresh new rooted stems.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    April

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    May

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    June

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    July

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    August

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    September

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    October

    Buy fresh, healthy plants in containers.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    April

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    May

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    June

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    July

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    August

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    September

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    October

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in partial shade (plants will tolerate more sun along the immediate coast), using plenty of soil amendment.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.

    June

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.

    September

    Feed with an acid-type fertilizer.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    April

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    May

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    June

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    July

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    August

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    September

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    October

    Maintain a generous layer of mulch around the plant to minimize water use, keep the roots cool, and discourage ants.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    April

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    May

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    June

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    July

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    August

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    September

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    October

    Watch for ants and mealybugs on stems at or below ground level.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    April

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    May

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    June

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    July

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    August

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    September

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    October

    Control ants and mealybugs with sprays of water; use insecticides as last resort.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    September

    Divide older clumps if desired, saving only fresh new rooted stems.

    October

    Divide older clumps if desired, saving only fresh new rooted stems.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.

    April

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.

    May

    Propagate by rooting mature stems in sand.

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