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Bellflower, Bluebell, Chimney bells, Canterbury bells,
Star-of-Bethlehem, Falling stars
The Campanula genus includes annual, biennial and
perennial plants. The flowers are bell-, star- or funnel-shaped,
are 1 inch to 2 inches wide and come in loose clusters at the
ends of long stems. These plants perform well in hanging baskets
and window boxes and as ground cover.
Most Campanula varieties are available in
violet-blue, purple, pink and white.
Campanulas can bloom for two to four weeks in the home. They can
live for years in the garden, providing customers added value
for their dollars.
Campanulas are available year-round.
are more than 300 species of Campanula plants.
IN-STORE AND CONSUMER CARE
Indoors, display Campanulas in bright, indirect sunlight.
Place outdoor plants in full sun to light shade.
Keep the soil moist to the touch at all times, but reduce
watering during the winter rest period. Irregular watering and
drying can cause bud drop. Avoid standing water.
The optimal indoor temperature for displaying and storing
Campanula plants is 60 F to 70 F. Do not refrigerate
Campanulas because sudden drops in temperature can result in
blossom drop, wilt or burn. During the winter, keep the plants
cool, but don’t let the temperature go below 45 F.
Moderate humidity is required, so mist Campanulas daily.
Healthy, fertilized plants are more tolerant of insect attacks.
Be sure plants are well-watered before applying fertilizer,
which should be
applied at half rate sparingly during the spring and summer. Do
not fertilize during the winter.
will do best in an acidic, moist, well-drained soil.
GROOMING To prolong
blooming, remove flowers once they have faded. Cut the plants
back when they have finished flowering to remove straggly stems
and faded blooms.
All Campanulas are moderately sensitive to ethylene gas,
and some species are more sensitive than others. Check with your
supplier to make sure your Campanula plants have been
treated with an anti-ethylene agent at the grower level or
insects are likely to show up on Campanulas. Check
frequently for spider mites, aphids, thrips, scales, whiteflies
WHAT’S IN A NAME
genus name “Campanula” comes from the Latin word “campana”
for “bell,” referring to the bell-shaped flowers.
is a member of the Campanulaceae, or bellflower,
family. Relatives include Platycodon (balloon
flower), Trachelium (throatwort) and Wahlenbergia.
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are native to Europe.
Some information provided by:
Chain of Life Network®,
The Houseplant Encyclopedia by Ingrid Jantra and Ursula
The New House Plant Expert, by Dr. D.G. Hessayon
Nurserymen’s Exchange, Inc.,