How to Care for Campanula Persicifolia

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Campanula persicifolia is generally low-growing plant that produces flowers on tall stems. These flowers are usually bell-shaped and come in shades of blue or white, although this is highly variable. Campanula persicifolia is fairly hardy and grows quickly in temperate climates. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil with full sun.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Soil test kit
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • Water-soluble fertiliser
  • Water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the site for your particular variety of Campanula persicifolia. Plant smaller varieties closer to a path where you can see them more easily. The upright varieties should be planted along a border of perennial plants or under trees. You can plant the trailing species in hanging baskets or use them as ground cover.

  2. 2

    Select the soil. Campanula persicifolia grows best in loam but can also grow well in mostly sandy soil and clay. You may need to work some compost into it if you can't easily form a ball with the moist soil. Ensure that the soil pH remains between 4.5 and 7.5 with a soil test kit.

  3. 3

    Fertilise Campanula persicifolia frequently to ensure a rich soil. Work a temperature-controlled, slow-release fertiliser into the soil at the beginning of the growing season. You may also wish to use a water-soluble fertiliser as often as every two weeks during the growing season.

  4. 4

    Ensure that Campanula persicifolia receives full to partial sun. This plant should get at least six hours or direct sunlight each day for maximum growth, but it can get by on as little as three. Campanula persicifolia will grow best on the west and south sides of your house.

  5. 5

    Water Campanula persicifolia frequently. It should receive about one inch of water per week during the growing season so that the soil is kept evenly moist. This is especially important for the first two years after planting or transplanting to a new location.

  6. 6

    Maintain Campanula persicifolia. These plants can outgrow their area quickly, so you may need to divide them in the fall as often as every three years. Uses for campanulas are as diverse as the varieties available.

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