Asked June 17, 2016, 6:15 AM EDT

Hi, About four years ago we planted two coral bells. See attached photos. One has doubled in size, while the other has not grown at all. Neither plant has ever flowered. Most surprisingly neither plant dies back in the winter. Even under the snow the plants remain looking just like they do in the summer. What is going on with these coral bells? Thank you.

La Crosse County Wisconsin

1 Response

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I doubt that your coral bells are genetically altered. The principles that apply in real estate apply in gardening. Location, Location, Location! Your plants exist in a micro-climate. That includes soil, light, moisture, and proximity to other plants. These determine growth rate flowering and overwintering. While you might not see any differences in the locations they will be there.