Growing and Caring for Bluebell Flowers
I thought to write an article on the bluebell flowers not only because of their beauty and ease of care but because I once lived in an area where the street was named after the bluebell flowering plant that was called bluebell avenue. In fact, the name of the subdivision was garden hills and every street name was given the name of a garden plant which I think is so unique.
The bluebell flowers is a perennial bulbous plant that can be found growing in woodlands, glades, rocky hillsides, meadows, and in a more controlled environment like our home gardens. These garden beauties belong to the family Asparagaceae there are 11 species of bluebells, the name of this flowering plant is derived not only for its color although they can be found in colors of white, deep purple, and pink but because the flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters.
Most woody bluebells are known as hyacinths and are native to Scotland and England with beautiful flower bloom from April to mid-May. If you are interested in installing bluebell flowering plants in your gardens and landscape for that extra flavor then continue reading as we take our journey into the world of the bluebell flowering plant that has made a name for itself.
The planting location of bluebell flowers
The ideal spot to install bluebell flowers is in shady areas because cool areas will encourage a fuller rich color. Places such as under the canopy of trees, around tree trunks and other shaded area is a must.
The soil type
Bluebell prefers a well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, although it will thrive in most soils. Plants should be given spacing from 12-18 inches apart.
How to water bluebell flowers?
Don’t allow the soil to dry out, the soil should be somewhat moist. Discontinue watering them after the bloom period is ended.
How to fertilize bluebell flowers?
Once bluebells push through the soil in early spring fertilize once with a balanced plant food such as 10-101-10 and then after the flower starts to fade.
Garden insect pests of bluebell flowers
Garden insect pests to keep a watch for are as followed.
- Fungus gnats
The use of an insecticide labeled for the elimination of these insect pests will offer help. Before applying insecticides read and follow the direction for the best results.
Diseases of the bluebell flowers
Diseases of bluebell flowers are as followed.
- Root rot
- Leaf spot
The use of a fungicide will bring these issues under control, before applying fungicides read and follow the directions for best results.
Ideas where to install bluebells
1. Around the trunks of trees.
4. Flower Borders
5. Wildflower Gardens.
6. Flower Beds.
7. Alongside Patios.
Bluebells can be used as cut flowers in flower arrangements as long as half of the flowers are open.
Growing bluebells from containers
When growing bluebells from containers ensure the containers are large enough and have drain holes for water drainage, the soil that’s used should be rich in organic matter that drains well. Don’t allow the soil to dry out, the soil should be kept moist and not waterlogged. Once the plant is installed place the container in an area that is partly shaded.
Once the flowers are spent or faded remove by pinching when the bloom period has stop remove one-third of the taller flower stock.
The final word on the bluebell flowering plant
From what has been said and the photos above it is evident that bluebells are a great choice that will have your gardens and landscape colorful with its beautiful rich colors of blue. I believe the use of these perennials will make it a good investment bringing that much-needed flavor so join the many homeowners that are taking advantage of and enjoying these garden beauties.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.