Propagating Coral Bells: A Guide

Coral Bells, or also known as Alumroot, are very popular because of their multi-colored foliage. They are a low growing perennial that is native to North America. They were once a small woodland plant, but now adorn many gardens and come in hundreds of different colors. Propagating the coral bells can be a difficult process that might give you different results than you expected.

Propagating From Seeds

When you want to easily start the Alumroot, use stored seeds. Collect the seeds after the bloom is completed. Place the seed in damp vermiculite in the late fall. Stick the potted seed in the fridge for about 6 to 8 weeks.

When March comes around, stick the seed in potting soil mix and place on a warm, bright window sill. Once the frost has left the ground, you can plant the seedling outside.

Propagating From Cuttings

It is also possible to propagate Coral Bells from stem cuttings. Make sure you dip the stem in a rooting hormone before placing in a tray of vermiculite. Do this in the early spring, and then transplant in May after there is no danger of frost.