How to Take Care of Campanulas (Bellflowers)

How to Take Care of Campanulas (Bellflowers)

Have you decided to grow these star-shaped beauties at home? It’s not that hard to grow them compared to other flowers or plants.

One good reason is they are perennial plants that can withstand harsh hot and cold climates. So they can adapt easily to your location.

Anyhow, let’s start with the basics of taking care of Campanulas or bellflowers. With this guide, you’ll know about their water, sunlight, food, and deadheading needs.

Quick Facts about Bellflowers

Quick Facts about Bellflowers

The lovely bellflowers come in colors of blue, violet, lavender, white, pink, and rose. They typically grow between 4 to 6 inches tall.

They are native to many temperate and subtropical regions, particularly in Western Eurasia and mountains in Asia and Africa.

Besides that, the flowers carry a nice symbolic meaning of fondness, gratitude, humility, and unfailing love. So they can be a great substitute for roses and telling someone you love them.

Growing Bellflowers

Growing Bellflowers

Bellflowers are winter-hardy plants. They can grow in as cold as -30 degrees F or lower (zones 3 and 4) but will need protection in that case.

They can be grown in several ways, such as rock-garden and edging plants because they can grow in beautiful well-spaced clusters. And indeed, they can be border and cut flowers too.

The flowers need to be planted in well-draining, moist soil. They fare well in soils of any pH range, even including a very acidic one.

Furthermore, they are sun lovers, so you can confidently place them under full sunlight.

Getting full sun will increase their flower production. However, they can also adapt to partial sun, which is advisable if the weather is scorching during the summer.

Their water needs are only moderate; watering them once a week should suffice. But if it gets very hot, you can go ahead and water them daily in the evening.

You can grow campanula as seeds or rhizomes. Spring is an ideal time to plant them, as the frost cannot threaten them any longer.

But in doing so, make sure the small seedlings are moist for optimum growing results. As for getting a rhizome, cut off a root structure from a parent root and bury it in the soil.

Caring for Bellflowers

Caring for Bellflowers

Occasionally, you have to remove wilted and withered bellflowers to encourage new blooms and keep them attractive and long-lasting.

During winter, your campanulas will enter a period of dormancy before they grow again in the spring.

And if you have grown them in a container, transfer them to a bright and cool place inside your home. It should not be warm outright because this will shock the plants.

Also, some kinds of bellflowers can grow invasively in your yard. Before this happens, quickly remove the trouble-making seedheads.

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