How to Grow Calibrachoa or Million Bells Flower Plants
Calibrachoa is both a pretty, and an interesting plant. Loaded with a profusion
of small flowers that continually blossom in large numbers, Calibrachoa is
a short-lived perennial. In northern areas, it is often grown as an annual.
This plant is also called "Million Bells", for its continual , heavy profusion
of bell or trumpet shaped blossoms. There is a wide variety of bright colors,
depending upon variety. Calibrachoa is native to South America.
Its botanical family relationship can be understood only by a botanist. First,
it is a member of the nightshade family, and therefore related to tomatoes!?
I tis also closely related to petunias. This perennial is an evergreen shrub,
actually a "sub-shrub", as it is rather small growing.
Calibrachoa is grown as an ornamental. The small plant has a sprawling
habit..They are poplar in hanging baskets or in containers on your patio
Million Bells' trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds. On the other
hand, deer will usually leave them alone, except when other food is scarce.
Plant Height: 6-12 inches for mounding varieties, and 18-20 inches
for trailing varieties.
Plant Blooms: from spring through fall.
Other Names: Million Bells, Trailing Petunia
Calibrachoa Plant Propagation:
Million Bells are most often propagated from plant cuttings.
Calibrachoa, or Mission Bells, can be grown from seed. But, they produce
Sow seeds directly into your flower garden, or start indoors in containers
or hanging baskets. For outdoor starts, sow seeds after the soil has
begun to warm in the spring.
How to Grow Calibrachoa Plants:
Growing Calibrachoa flowers is easy. They are a low maintenance plant. that
prefers full sun.
The plants grow best in rich, well draining soil.
Calibrachoa are drought tolerant plants. Water plants deeply, then allow
the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry between watering. Do not allow the
soil to be soggy for extended periods of time. Wet soil can cause root rot..
Apply fertilizer at planting time and then once a month. For best results,
use a time release formula. Water fertilizer into the soil.
Prune branches back in mid-summer, as they can get long and lose their vibrant
appearance. Spent blooms will fall off without deadheading.
Plants will withstand a light frost.
Insect and Disease:
Million Bells seldom suffer insect problems or plant disease. Wet soils will
cause root rot.