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Bergenia - they are known for their beautiful blooms perched high above the foliage on a ramrod straight stalk. In order to be able to enjoy the plant for more than just one season, it needs the right amount of care in addition to a suitable location!

Bergenia are easy to care for and need little water

What should be considered when watering?

Outdoors, the falling rain is usually sufficient to ensure the bergenia is watered. If, on the other hand, it is in a pot on the terrace, for example, you should regularly check the soil for dryness. As soon as the top layer of soil has dried, this flowering perennial should be watered.

Sometimes there is too much moisture in the summer months caused by thunderstorms. To avoid the plant getting a wet foot and rotting from the excessive water in the root area, good drainage should be provided in the soil or planter when planting.

How often should you fertilize?

Anyone who places the Bergenia in nutrient-rich soil or repots the plant in the pot in fresh potting soil every year does not need to fertilize most of the time. Do you want to stimulate flowering and growth? Then fertilize the Bergenia once a year in autumn. Compost, a slow-release fertilizer or nettle manure are excellent.

Is the Bergenia susceptible to diseases and pests?

There are no specific diseases that a bergenia could be affected by. Conversely, vine weevils are after the plant… Prevent infestation by these pests by adding nematodes to the irrigation water.

How is it repotted and divided?

The Bergenia should be repotted in the pot at least every two years. The best time for this is before or after flowering. At the same time, repotting is an optimal time to divide the plant to rejuvenate or propagate it.

Does the Bergenia need pruning?

  • cut after flowering
  • depending on the variety either in spring (early bloomers) or autumn (late bloomers)
  • Cut off the flower stalks close to the ground
  • grown too tall: Cut back to the ground
  • also remove old leaves


In most cases, the bergenia is doused. In contrast to wet, it copes much better with intermittent dryness.

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