Million Bells –
Calibrachoa is very popular in hanging baskets, window boxes, and borders because it is a fast-growing and compact. Commonly known as Million Bells, Calibrachoa is heat and cold tolerant. Its semi-upright habit creates uniform flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall. The blooms are very similar in appearance to petunias; however, they are smaller, not sticky and attract hummingbirds.
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Spring, Summer, Fall
Growing Calibrachoa million bells is easy. They prefer to be grown in moist, but well-drained, organically rich soil in full sun. They do not tolerate high pH soils, though the plants will take very light shade and may tolerate some drought. In fact, plants with some shade will survive longer into the summer months, especially in warmer regions.
Plants produce little, if any, seed and must be vegetatively propagated. However, most of these hybrid cultivars are patented (trademark of the Suntory company), which prohibits Calibrachoa propagation in commercial markets. You can, however, propagate your own plants for personal use through cuttings that are overwintered indoors.
Try to find a stem that has small buds but no flowers on it. Cut this stem off at least 6 inches from the tip, removing any lower leaves. Place your cuttings in an equal mix of half potting soil and half peat moss. Water well.
Keep the cuttings moist and warm (about 70°F.), placing your future million bells flower in bright light. Roots should begin to develop within a couple weeks.
Million Bells are a hardy, drought tolerant annual. Follow these easy steps for Calibrachoa care and you’ll enjoy beautiful blooms all season long.
- Plant calibrachoa in well-drained soil that is fertile and moist. Calibrachoa prefers a neutral pH soil, so see below about fertilization and watering.
- At a minimum, fertilize every two weeks with a liquid based fertilize. We recommend ‘Fertilome Blooming & Rooting Soluble Plant Food (9-58-8)’ which we generally have in stock.
- The liquid fertilizer should be allowed to run through the bottom of the pot. This will help prevent the buildup of soluble salts.
- When the top layer of the soil feels dry, this is the time to water. Calibrachoa is very drought tolerant and too much watering will cause the roots to rot and the plant to die. However, if your calibrachoa is in a hanging basket, or other planter, water every day and keep the soil moist.
- For the most blooms on your plant, place calibrachoa in full sun. A little shade in the afternoon won’t hurt much. Just remember, for the most blooms, full sun.
- When the stems get long and leggy, pinch them back for a fuller plant. After pinching back, new blooms should appear within two weeks.
Angelonia – The snapdragon-like flowers of angelonia make a great contrast to calibrachoa’s pentunia-shape blossoms.
Coralbells – The showy foliage of all the new coral bells makes a perfect midrange mound of color in a container full of calibrachoas.
Loosestrife – The golden foliage of creeping Jenny becomes an intertwining backdrop to calibrachoa’s showy blooms.