Bergenia should be lightly fertilized in the spring, and kept well watered.
The use of slug pellets is highly recommend and dead parts of the plant should be removed regularly.
Bergenia Growing and Care Guide
Common Names: Bergenia: Leather; Heartleaf; Purpurea; Superba; Autumn red. Siberian tea, Pig Squeak, Elephant’s ears, The Baden. Life Cycle: Hardy perennial. Height: 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm). Native: Central Asia. Family: Saxifragaceae.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 8. Flowers: Late spring through to early summer. Flower Details: Pink, white. Small. Cyme. Clustered. Trumpets. Foliage: Evergreen. Leathery. Round, spoon-like. Green or Bronze, turn red or bronze in the autumn.
Sow Outside: Surface. Start of spring - before the last frost, or towards the end of autumn. Spacing 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm). Sow Inside: Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for two weeks. Germination time: two weeks to six months. Temperature 60 to 70°F (15 to 21°C). Six weeks to two months before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight in cooler areas; partial or light shade in warm areas. Soil pH 6.0 to 7.5. Humus rich soil, moist soil. Dry soil may stunt growth. Protect from wind in areas known to be hit by winter storms. Regular watering. Provide low nitrogen feed in the spring. Tidy dead leaves and flowers. Protect from slugs. Propagate: divide every three years to maintain vigor and to create new plants; cuttings in the spring. Miscellaneous: Can tolerate extreme temperatures and large fluctuations.