CALIBRACHOA hybrid Aloha Series ‘Neon Vulcano’

Million Bells –

0531 Calibrachoa or million bells are rapidly becoming some of the most popular bedding plants on the market. Members of the Aloha Series, developed by German horticultural company Dümmen, are warm-season annuals to tender perennials with more upright stems that create more of a mounding plant rather than the usual spreading, sprawling growth habit. Cultivars included in this series bear slightly larger-sized flowers, more akin to petunias. These blossoms appear prolifically across the growing season, with multiple colors on each blossom, including a yellow throat in each tubular, trumpet-like flower.

Heat-loving and everblooming, million bells grow best in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Aloha Series plants are a bit more forgiving of non-acidic soil types. They should be fed regularly and do not require deadheading but bloom better into autumn if they are lightly trimmed back in late summer to rejuvenate. These colorful bedding plants are perfect for containers, hanging baskets and border edges.Semi-upright growth habit with uniform flowers. Performs well in beds and containers. Blooms spring to fall.
Medium compact. Large, intense orange flowers with a dark center, appear prolifically across the growing season.

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Million Bells
Aloha Neon Vulcano
Annual
9-11
Spring, Summer, Fall
Red, White
Green
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Yes

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6-10″
10-12″

Site Selection
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.

Planting Instructions
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.

Care
Million Bells are a hardy, drought tolerant annual. Follow these easy steps for Calibrachoa care and you’ll enjoy beautiful blooms all season long.

  1. Plant calibrachoa in well-drained soil that is fertile and moist. Calibrachoa prefers a neutral pH soil, so see below about fertilization and watering.
  2. 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.
  3. The liquid fertilizer should be allowed to run through the bottom of the pot. This will help prevent the buildup of soluble salts.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When the stems get long and leggy, pinch them back for a fuller plant. After pinching back, new blooms should appear within two weeks.

Companion Plants
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.

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