Bell — home care
Bellflower is a herbaceous perennial of the family campanulaceae.
Home this basket plant that decorates our balconies and country pavilions scattering of stars, flowers, Italy.
On long, light green shoots in spring, grow small, nearly round, toothed at the edges of the leaves. They can be smooth or pubescent.
In mid-summer at the ends of shoots flowers bloom: most light blue, but there are varieties with white and lilac flowers.
Bell-shaped flowers are collected in corymbose panicle — like inflorescences. Blooms this unpretentious and surprisingly delicate flower from July to early autumn. Removing faded flowers stimulates new growth and keeps all the beauty of flowering plants.
There are species with more fleshy leaves. He shoots more short, brittle and thin. This kind of so called «bell brittle». The fruit of the plant is a small round box.
The cultivation of bell
Location and lighting
Likes bright light, summer desirable ambient light. Direct scorching sun leads to leaf scorch, the plant should be protected from this.
Requires moderate temperatures around + 20°C. After flowering, the bell cut off the shoots and placed in a cool (below + 12 ° C) room, respecting the minimum of watering.
Watering and humidity
In the summer months is abundant, the soil should always be moist but it is very important that water does not stagnate near the roots; winter is moderate.
The leaves of the plant have to be sprayed or sprayed, preferably separated by water. This is especially useful in the hot summer. Spraying is carried out in the morning or evening.
Before and during flowering twice a month make fertilizer for flowering houseplants: alternating mineral and organic fertilizer.
Transplantation and propagation
Bell transplanted as growths in the spring, use: 1 part humus and 6 parts loam mixed with 2 parts peat and 1 part sand. Propagated by cuttings and seeds.
The cuttings will root quite easily. With the advent of spring they are planted in soil mixture of peat and sand.
Water the seedlings sparingly, so they don’t rot. Seeds are sown in the spring and before they went, leave in a warm room.
Pests and fight with them
Spider mites is affected and quadraspidiotus perniciosus. To prevent the appearance of pests is possible with frequent spraying. With the scale to fight harder.
Of tender shoots of plants to remove with a damp cloth it is difficult, therefore, when the first manifestations of the need to spray the plant with insecticidal agent.