The best part about gardening is being successful at taking care of something beautiful. Calibrachoa, also known as million bells, is an incredibly easy plant that makes even the most novice gardeners into talented horticulturalists. The low-maintenance flower tends to dazzle with bells of petunia-esque blossoms during the spring and the summer, and it makes the perfect contribution to a hanging basket, landscape bed or other container. It does best in full sunlight, and it can grow up to ten inches in upright or trailing form. The color variation is bright and numerous, depending on the specific variety purchased. The Agricultural Society classifies this easy, beautiful flower as a perennial in the Southern USA and tender perennial in the Northern USA.
How To Grow Your Calibrachoa
The process is incredibly simple, with easy-to-accomplish steps.
Step One: Planting Depth
Proper planting depth is the most important step in successfully growing calibrachoa. The est planting depth is even with the soil level currently being grown in. Plants that are planted too deep will develop stem and root rot quickly.
Step Two: Watering Correctly
First, you want to water the million bells with ample amounts and allow the soil to dry between watering. Make sure you are watering the soil itself, not the foliage. Calibrachoa is fairly resistant to drought, so water it when the top one to two inches of soil has become dry. Over watering will lead to stem and root rot.
Step Three: Fertilize Consistently
Next, the addition of a slow-release fertilizer during the planting time can help improve success. Continue to add small amounts of fertilizer to the soil on a monthly basis to prolong the release of nutrients. Also using a liquid fertilize while watering once or twice a week can help the plant grow strong and beautiful. Avoid fertilizers with excessive amounts of phosphorus.
Step Four: Keep It Trim
Finally, make sure you trim the plant regularly. These cutbacks will help the plant look vibrant, and they stimulate new growth. Randomly trimming one-third of the plant each week leaves the plant looking good and stimulating new growth at the same time.
Things You Need To Consider
Because the calibrachoa is self-cleaning, the plant will likely not need any deadheading during its seasonal blooming. It is important to use the two different types of fertilizer when tending to the million bells because they will increase the blooming activity. The general preference for growing this beautiful and easy plant is in containers, especially the type that hangs or trails. This allows for plenty of drainage and space for the calibrachoa to grow. However, gardeners are encouraged to try growing calibrachoa in their ground or landscape beds. The process tends to be slightly different. Instead of watering so consistently, it is imperative to note that plants in the ground require significantly less supplemental water. Additionally, the ground needs to be capable of draining well; otherwise the plant is at higher risk for rot. Finally, the million bells are a wonderful choice for hummingbird and butterfly gardens because they are quite attractive to these species.