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.