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Questions About Bellflowers

Asked by
Pkmuir on
August 8, 2015

Q. Purple bellflower

How to prune? Do I just remove the spent purple flower or cut off the hard calyx?

Answered by
shelley on
August 9, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

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:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/deadheading-flowers.htm

For more information on the care of bellflowers, please visit the following link:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/campanula/growing-campanula-bellflowers.htm

Happy gardening!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 11, 2015

Q. Dwarf Bellflowers

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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 14, 2015
Certified Expert
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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.

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Asked by
Sbuchanan on
October 29, 2015

Q. American Bellflower

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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 31, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Here is a link with growing information.

Good luck with your assignment.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/campanula/growing-campanula-bellflowers.htm

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Asked by
khfranklin on
May 3, 2016

Q. Overwatering serbian bellflower

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!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 4, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/campanula/serbian-bellflower-care.htm

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Asked by
jbsnans on
May 15, 2017

Q. Bellflower perennials

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.

Answered by
DLarum on
May 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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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:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/deer/deer-repellents.htm

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Asked by
gietzma on
May 20, 2018

Q. creeping bellflower

how do I get rid of this invasive weed??

Answered by
MichiganDot on
May 20, 2018
A.

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

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