3. Campanula - an alternative to garden bells
Touching, delicate, romantic, always beautiful, bells are indispensable for floristry. They are actively grown as garden perennials, but the best large-flowered species have long acquired the status of a valuable cutting plant.Indoor plant - Campanula.
Such bells cannot be translated into indoor culture. But the charming cousin of the garden campanul - the bell of the same leaf (Campanula isophylla) - in pots will make the most pleasant impression.
Shooting stars, the bride and groom - no matter how you call a room bell, it will be very difficult to confuse it with other plants. It is a densely branched, surprisingly lush plant that grows equally well in both ampels and pots. Drooping shoots and small leaves create the effect of green lace, against which an unusually plentiful flowering unfolds.
Touching, wide-open bells with delicate white, blue and purple colors of unique shades literally strew the bushes of the Campanul. This is a very fragile plant, the number of flowers on the bushes of which is innumerable.
Flowering time: from June to October.
Breeding methods: cuttings, seed cultivation or separation of bushes.
Features of growing indoor campaigns
Campanulas inherit from their close relatives - the Mediterranean species of garden bells - a love of bright lighting. Direct sunlight leaves burns on sensitive flowers, so it is better to choose the option with diffused lighting.
Campanula equivalent feels good in the fresh air, is not afraid of airing and drafts. But room conditions on a bright window sill are quite suitable for the plant. Bells should winter in a cool place - at a temperature of no higher than + 15 ° C and no lower than + 5 ° C.
Caring for Campanula is quite simple. This unpretentious plant requires only regular watering, preventing the substrate from drying out, rare top dressing and regular pinching of the tops of shoots for thickening.
Greens should not be soaked, as well as to allow stagnation of water or soil compaction. Fading flowers are best removed in a timely manner. A transplant is carried out only when the campanula has fully mastered the previous pot.
Indoor bells can hardly be called disease resistant plants. They often suffer from spider mites and aphids, not uncommon and thrips. Inaccurate watering plants can suffer from gray rot.
For a list of the best flowers for growing live bouquets on the windowsill, see the next page.