Customer is asking for advice on how to revive her Coral Bells she planted last fall. Any ideas?

Customer is asking for advice on how to revive her Coral Bells she planted last fall. Any ideas?

Answer: Well, speaking as someone who often attempts to grow coral bells despite my extremely sandy soil and no irrigation except for rainfall, I would say they need a LOT more water, because mine “shrink” exactly like this until they die. So I would recommend a thorough watering every other day or so (especially if it’s this hot) and bringing the mulch closer to the plant and, if possible, adding more mulch so that it provides more protection and moisture conservation around the base of the plant. They can also fertilize, but I would give them a week of increased watering before doing that. If they have rabbits, they might consider applying a repellent, because rabbits can do a number on them as well.

They could also be in too much sun for this person’s climate, depending on where they live. In this case, I would recommend transplanting them into more shade sooner than later. In this heat, that is going to mean a lot closer monitoring, but if too much sun is the issue, it’s worth the risk because they won’t be lasting much longer at this rate.