Chimney Bellflowers are attractiveplants to grow in a sheltered spot on your balcony or . They produce tall, pyramid-shaped spikes covered with pale blue or white during July and make an attractive when grouped together in a large outside.
Growing wild in many areas of southern Europe, this plant is a half-which is best grown from one year to flower the next.
Overwinter plants in a cool, bright place indoors unless you live in a warm, sheltered part of the country. You may be able to buy second-year plants in spring from a nursery. Except in sheltered positions, the flowering spikes will need supporting.
Chimney Bellflower grows up to 1.2m (4ft) high. The plant forms large clumps, with the tall flower spikes rising from the base of the plant. Theare heart-shaped and rich green in colour. The bell-shaped flowers are similar to those of Canterbury Bells. They are pale blue or white and about 25-35mm (1-1½in) in length.
Grow several Chimney Bellflower plants together in a largeon a sheltered balcony or patio or plant one of the low-growing, lavender blue species of perennial Campanula, such as C. portenschiagiana, to edge a container.
Grow as aand Chimney Bellflower will flower the year after .
1 Sow thein early summer in a tray containing soil-based and a little added sand.
2 Cover the tray with a piece of glass and germinateat room temperature, turning the glass daily to allow ventilation.
3 Prick outinto individual of soil-based compost when they are large enough to handle. Pot on into 8cm (3in) containers when they are well-developed.
4 In warm, sheltered parts of the country, overwinter Chimney Bellflower plants in patio tubs. In colder areas, keep indoors in a light, cool room.
5 Plant out into their finalduring the following spring. Keep the compost evenly moist, but not saturated, and deadhead regularly.
Pests And Diseases
Attacks bymay occur, but they are not usually too much of a problem. They will appear on the flowers or at the tips of new shoots, where they suck out the sap. Treatment: Wash them oft by spraying with water. For severe cases, spray with a recommended . Repeat as necessary.
Irregular brown blotches about 1 cm ( ½in) across are a sign ofspot.
Treatment: Remove and destroy the affected leaves, then spray with a suitable fungicide.
Damagedand leaves may be caused by slugs and snails. Treatment: Remove pests by hand. This is better than using slug pellets as these can be it eaten by children, cats, dogs or wildlife.
Chimney Bellflower plants are. Second-year plants like a warm, sunny and plenty of water. Overwinter plants outdoors in warm areas, or keep them in a light, frost-free place. Alternatively, buy ready-grown plants in spring.
- : Use soil-based compost for growing these plants in containers.
- Water regularly and do not allow the plants to dry out when they are flowering. Check patio containers regularly as they can dry out quickly during hot weather.
- Feeding: Use a liquid fertilizer every 14 days during the second summer or spray plants with a well-diluted foliar .
BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT
- Light: Chimney Bellflowers like the brightest possible position. A sunny, south-facing balcony or patio is ideal. Plants grown in an exposed place may need to be supported.
- Temperature: Chimney Bellflower will thrive in normal outdoor summer temperatures. The plants are frost-tender and need a bright, cool spot to overwinter successfully.
- Buy Chimney Bellflower in form to in Autumn. At some nurseries you can buy second-year plants in early spring.
- Look for seeds packed in toil sachets inside a paper packet. This Will ensure that the seeds are really fresh and will germinate successfully. Also check the date on the packet.
- Plants should be discarded after flowering.
Chimney Bellflower grows in clumps, producing pyramid- shaped spikes of pale blue or white flowers during July.
Grow this plant from seed to flower the following year.