How to prune? Do I just remove the spent purple flower or cut off the hard calyx?
When you deadhead, you pinch the flower on the stem beneath the calyx, removing the entire flower head. For more information on deadheading, please visit the following link:
For more information on the care of bellflowers, please visit the following link:
I bought mini purple bellflowers in a large pot from someone to put in front of my home. I wondered if there was a way to care for it through winter in the pot so I could continue to keep it as a potted plant next year?
In your zone, it should be ok to simply leave them outdoors for winter without any special care. You can, however, add a layer of mulch over top or wrap the container should any unusual wintry weather be expected.
I'm Sadie Buchanan from Lincoln Junior High School and in my Agriculture class we are creating a grower's handbook and I couldn't find some of the needed information and was wondering if you could help? What is the Hardiness Zone of the American Bellflower? What soil would be best to plant them in?
Here is a link with growing information.
Good luck with your assignment.
I had a very healthy vital Serbian bellflower planted in full sun and it was doing great. However, within the last 2 weeks, it started looking like someone had stepped on the middle of it (they hadn't). Tonight I moved some of the plant stems and the whole thing separated from its base plant. The plant 1.5 feet away from it is doing beautifully with no issues. Could this be the result of overwatering or a pest of some kind? Thank you!
Serbian Bellflower is susceptible to crown rot and mildew under wet conditions.
The top 2 inches of soil should dry out between watering.
Avoid having mulch up to the plant, give it room to help dry out the soil.
I have a couple of Bellflower plants that I would like to put in the front yard garden area. My biggest concern, are deer. Do Deer find these plants attractive to eat? I have lost a few plants of different varieties to deer, and would like to know about this particular plant. Thank you.
Bellflower for the most part are ignored by deer, but when hungry or thirsty enough they'll eat what is available. Thia article may help:
how do I get rid of this invasive weed??
Invasive it is! The individual stems are all attached to an underground rhizome. Pull the plant and the rhizome lives on. There will also be seed in the soil from past years. Remove the top growth and sun hitting the soil will germinate these seeds. Double whammy. RoundUp will kill it. If you don't want to go that route, remove as much as you can then cover the ground with layers of cardboard. Denying sunlight to new sprouts causes death of the sprout. Expect bellflower to reach past the cardboard and come up. You will have to vigilantly pull these - at least weekly. Eventually you will exhaust the rhizome. To make it look tidier, apply mulch over the cardboard. Since seeds live several years in the soil, removing the cardboard will cause some of these to germinate. It is a several year project to rid your garden of creeping bellflower. good luck
The plants are in a bed of rocks and I need to move them. I do not know if they are seeded from year to year or if they are rhizomes
As summer ends pollinated flowers develop seeds or seed capsules. Most members of the bellflower family develop small, hard capsules filled with tiny black or brown seeds. By snipping off the seed capsules and dropping them into a paper bag, you may scatter the seeds in other parts of the garden immediately or save them for spring planting.