Heuchera Seeds - Melting Fire
- Seed Count: 10 seeds
- Maturity Date: 2 years to reach full maturity
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Origin: Native to North America
- Height: 12-18 inches
- Spread: 18-24 inches wide
- Light Requirement: Partial shade to full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, moderately fertile, and slightly acidic to neutral soil
History: Heuchera, commonly known as Coral Bells, has its roots in North America where it naturally thrives in woodlands and along mountainous terrains. The 'Melting Fire' variety is particularly captivating with its vibrant red to deep purple leaves. As a breeding triumph, it combines the best of hardiness, foliage color, and adaptability. Over the years, Heuchera has gained popularity not just in its native land but also across Europe and Asia. The 'Melting Fire' variety, in particular, is a testament to the versatility and beauty that Heuchera can offer, making it a top choice for gardeners looking for year-round color.
Uses: Heuchera 'Melting Fire' serves multiple functions in a garden setting. It is widely used in rock gardens, border fronts, and even in containers due to its compact growth and eye-catching foliage. The deep colors of the leaves make it a perfect companion plant, offering contrast to lighter foliage plants or flowering species. It also has the benefit of being deer-resistant, providing an added layer of protection for your garden. While the flowers are generally not the main attraction, they do present an additional layer of aesthetic appeal when they bloom, usually in late spring to early summer. The blooms are delicate and small, often in shades of pink or white, and they attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: 'Melting Fire' Heuchera is relatively easy to grow from seed, but patience is key, as it takes about two years for the plants to reach their full ornamental potential. Start seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last expected frost. Use a seed-starting mix and plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Germination typically occurs within two to three weeks under constant temperatures of 70-75°F. Once the seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden, given that they are hardened off beforehand. The plants prefer a location with partial shade but can tolerate full sun if the soil is kept consistently moist. Soil should be well-drained, moderately fertile, and slightly acidic to neutral. Once established, Heuchera is relatively low-maintenance, only requiring occasional watering during dry spells and a balanced fertilizer in the spring to encourage new growth. The leaves will reach their most vibrant coloration when the plant is adequately stressed, usually through a combination of bright light and cooler temperatures. A layer of mulch can help retain moisture and keep the root system cool.