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As a comment about Coral Bells (Heuchera Dolce® Peach Melba), csandt wrote:

Peach Melba has been a very poor performer in my zone 6b gardens. I have had two plants for several years, and neither has increased in size. They have struggled so much that I am amazed that they are still alive. I have moved them to a variety of locations with different amounts of shade and water, but nothing has made them happy.
Name: Trudy
Youngsville, LA (Zone 9b)
Aug 9, 2017 5:15 AM CST
I'm willing to pay $3 postage to get it mailed to me the cheapest way in a used bubble envelope. I have several varieties growing well in pots on my east exposure patio. It's worth a try if you are thinking about throwing them out & a solution to consider. Thank You! Trudy
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Aug 9, 2017 6:41 AM CST
I'll keep you in mind if I decide to get rid of them. This spring, after reading the Mt. Cuba evaluation of coral bells and learning that they vary enormously, I have been studying them along with 14 other cultivars of coral bells, all different cultivars, that I bought in spring of this year. (We have a lot of greenhouses in Lancaster County, many run by Amish and conservative Mennonites. Ten of my coral bells are in the ground, and five are in pots. I am tentatively concluding that Peach Melba is just a poor quality performer genetically rather than just being unhappy here because I have read how tough coral bells are and because the new ones I have planted have been vigorous. Of course, winter is yet to come so I am still observing them. My reason for wanting Peach Melba was because I love the peach-colored cultivars. The peach-colored cultivars that I added this spring are Fire Alarm, Georgia Peach and Amber Lady.

Here are the ones in pots (Fire Alarm and Amber Lady in the second pot). You have inspired me to photograph the ones in the ground (later).

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If I change my mind about holding on to Peach Melba for observation I will certainly keep you in mind.

Do you grow lots of coral bells?

Carol H. Sandt

“...while the self-reflexive ego thinks by means of noting differences and drawing distinctions, spiritual awareness 'thinks' by an innate perception of kinship, of belonging to the whole." -- Cynthia Bourgeault

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