Pruning Heuchera

Back in February during winter cleanup I began to prune the many heucheras I have in my garden. It is an annual chore that requires close inspection of the plants to identify the new growth. Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’ looked like this on February 24th after a cold winter:


My goal was to remove all but healthy new growth, largely hidden within the surviving foliage. I used scissors to do the pruning; it facilitated getting down into the plant to cut off old stems as close to the crown as possible. After pruning it looked like this; notice that most of the old growth has been removed.


A bit over two months later ‘Caramel’ is glowing today with vigorous new growth:


It takes about ten to fifteen minutes per plant to do this type of close pruning. I have a number of heucheras in my garden, but I think that these results show that it is worth the effort.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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12 Responses to Pruning Heuchera

  1. pbmgarden says:

    ‘Caramel’ responded well to your pruning. Mine didn’t get any cleanup attention this year.


  2. Cathy says:

    I should invest a little time for mine too – looks like it really pays off!


  3. bittster says:

    I’ll need to try this, yours looks great! I just finished dividing and transplanting mine, they were beyond trimming but hopefully next year I can give it a try.


  4. Pauline says:

    Definitely worth the effort, i must try harder with mine!


  5. Hard work usually pays off, and you can certainly see the difference in those beautiful plants. 🙂


  6. I have one like that waiting for pruning but (at long last) it’s raining.


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