How to Fertilize Heuchera


Heuchera is a genus of perennial plants grown as garden ornamentals for their bloom as well as their distinctively colored and patterned foliage. Heuchera benefits from rich, nutrient-laden soil and from light annual applications of a slow- or fast-release synthetic fertilizer to encourage lush foliage and bloom.

Step 1

Enrich the growing soil when you plant Heuchera or with annual topdressings of organic material to boost soil fertility naturally. Use good quality compost or well aged livestock manure or a combination of the two. Apply a few pounds for each plant, each year or two. On poor soils, top dress every year or every other year on moderate quality soils.

Step 2

Apply a slow- or fast-release synthetic fertilizer two or three times a year, according to the product label dosing directions and your climate. Look for a product with a guaranteed analysis of 5-10-5 or a similar high-phosphorous ratio to maximize bloom performance. Cast the fertilizer around the base of the Heuchera plant, several inches away from the main stems and nestle into the top 1/2 inch of soil.

Step 3

Water in the soil amendment top dressings and fertilizer after each application. Drench the soil at least 6 inches down. Keep the soil evenly moist but not consistently wet to prevent root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost and aged manure
  • Slow- or fast-release fertilizer 5-10-5


  • USDA Plant Database Profile: Heuchera
  • The Primrose Path: Introduction to Heuchera
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