Carpatica Bellflower (mix).
The blue-white mixture is perfect for creating “nautical” motifs in garden design. A plant up to 30 cm high forms a bush 35-40 cm in diameter. The leaves are small, cordate. Flowers are solitary, on strong peduncles, funnel-bell-shaped, up to 5 cm in diameter. Blooms from June to August.
Used for rocky hills, curbs, for cutting into miniature bouquets.
The plant prefers an open sunny place (it can grow in partial shade), nutritious soil. For better flowering, it is recommended to fertilize 2-3 times with mineral fertilizers. In one place it grows up to 6 years.
Propagated by seeds or by dividing the bush. Sowing seeds is carried out in the spring in seedling boxes or in the fall in open ground. The seeding depth is 0.3-0.5 cm. At a soil temperature of + 18 ° C, seedlings appear on the 14-30th day. The distance between plants is 15-20 cm.
Hardy Herbaceous Perennial.
Height: 8 inches. Position: Partial Shade.
Ideal For: Baskets, Border, Containers, Cottage Garden, Patio, Rockery, Tubs.
Germination: Experience Useful.
This true perennial can be treated as an annual, producing an abundance of 2in chalice shaped blooms that smother the dwarf plants. Plant in groups of four, 1in apart for maximum impact in containers and at seasons end, transplant in the border or rockery as a perennial.
Sowing Instructions: sow from February to late May on the surface of a good seed compost. Germination takes 30-90 days at +22°C. Don t exclude light, sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful.
Growing Instructions: when large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into boxes or 7.5 cm pots, and grow on in cooler conditions. For, baskets and containers etc., plant into the basket when well rooted in groups of four 2.5 cm apart. For the first few days after planting, grow cool and well ventilated and give plenty of light, but shade from direct sun. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before moving outside after all risk of frost has gone.
Aftercare Instructions: Hang out-of-doors in a sunny sheltered spot. At the end of the season, plant out in the flower border or rockery, 30 cm apart in full sun and ordinary, well drained garden soil.
Eng.: Bellflower carpatica, Tussock bellflower. Suom.: Karpaattienkello. Sven.: Karpaterklocka.