Bergenie - planting, grooming and cutting

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The Bergenie is an evergreen and hardy perennial that shines with its bellflowers and leaf coloring in the fall. Moreover, it is easy to clean.


Shady locations in the garden do not necessarily have to look drab. After all, there are numerous flowering shrubs that brighten less sun-drenched places. Among the flowering perennials, which look attractive on such areas in the garden, belongs the Bergenia (Bergenia). This perennial is robust, hardy and in the care extremely frugal. She is also versatile in the garden. For example, in small groups for the bed, in the foreground of hedges or in the vicinity of different shrubs. Even in the bucket on the terrace, this perennial is a splendor.

Appearance of the Bergenie

This perennial is an evergreen, perennial and hardy plant. Their heart-shaped leaves, also called elephant ears casually, turn pale red to red in autumn. The bell-shaped flowers form a flower dandelion. Depending on the breed, the flowering flora develops purplish pink, red or white. Garden centers, as well as online perennial gardeners, also offer Bergenia, which will flourish again in autumn. Such an admirable shrub is e.g. the Bergenia cordifolia "autumn blossom".

The perfect location for the Bergenie

Whether you place the perennial in the shade, partial shade or sunny, the Bergenie is not fussy about it. Nevertheless, the following is recommended:

Do not place the perennial plant in the shade under a deciduous tree that casts a dark shadow. Because too little light considerably limits the flowering ability. If you decide for a sunny location, then make sure that the plant is not exposed to the midday sun. Under the extreme midday heat the "elephant ears" are suffering and will dry up in the foreseeable future at the leaf margins.

So should the soil condition

Rather unimportant are the soil conditions for the plant. A normal garden soil, permeable and nutrient rich enough completely. If you have a loamy soil, then work in this strong sand and humus.

By the way, Bergenien can be planted from spring to autumn. If you favor a group planting, put the young perennials into the ground at a distance of 40 centimeters.

This is how you care for Bergenien properly


To water:

Once you have planted your Bergenie, water it well. In the first weeks you water the young perennial only moderately. Later, the perennial comes with the weather-related precipitation.

For longer dry periods, water the perennials a bit in sunny locations. Water only so much that the root ball does not dry out.


Her perennial flowering plant is fertilized with compost in autumn. This supplies the soil with nutrients and naturally loosens up the soil. This keeps the soil well permeable to water. You can also supply the Bergenie with a long-term fertilizer for flowers and perennials.

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Immediately after flowering, trim the flower stalks near the ground. Withered leaves remove in early spring.


Bergenien in the garden do not need to be protected because they are particularly hardy. However, you have to pay attention to the flowering plant in the tub. Insulate the planter with fleece, bubble wrap or jute before winter. And put the bucket in a sheltered place. But you do not need to store the vessel.

Black-eared weevils can become a danger

Before plant diseases, the Bergenie is largely immune, provided no care mistakes are made. For the perennial can be visited by a voracious pest: the weeping weevil. This sinister fellow is nocturnal and can not be seen during the day. He generally prefers the leaves of the plant. In contrast, its larvae live in the soil and damage the roots.

The larvae can fight you with nematodes. These give into the irrigation water and vaccinate so the soil with these thread worms. For the beetles, however, there are traps.


Bergenien are an eye-catcher in every corner of the garden. They thrive in the shade, partial shade as well as in sunny places. The garden soil should be permeable to water and nutrient-rich. After growing, you do not have to worry about watering. The bloom comes out with weather-related precipitation fully. Fertilization takes place in autumn with compost or a long-term fertilizer for flowers and perennials.

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