How to Grow Million Bells

Written by carolyn barton
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The million bells plant is also known as the Calibrachoa. It strongly resembles a miniature petunia plant in appearance. It blooms heavily from spring to late fall. Million bells can be grown either indoors or outside. They are beautiful in hanging baskets as the foliage trails down. They grow well in USDA zones 9a to 11. They are very easy to care for plants that even a beginning gardener can grow.

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Things you need

  • Million bells plant
  • Soil
  • Peat moss
  • Pot
  • Fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Fill the pot with a high-quality soil. Mix in peat moss or other organic materials for best results. Add water until drainage occurs from the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to drain completely.

  2. 2

    Place the plant in to the soil deeply enough to cover all of the roots. Do not bury any of the stem as this can cause rotting of the stem that will lead to plant death.

  3. 3

    Place the plant in area that receives good light. Partial shade is also sufficient. The location should be warmer than -1.11 degrees C at all times.

  4. 4

    Keep the plant well watered. Do not allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Do not soak the plant so that it is in soggy soil.

  5. 5

    Fertilise the plant twice a month. Use a formula that is high in nitrogen and well balanced.

  6. 6

    Allow the spent blooms to shed on their own. Pruning and pinching is not required. Dying foliage can be cut off to allow for new growth.

Tips and warnings

  • If planting in the ground, space the plants 8 to 12 inches apart to allow for growth and spreading. Fertilising should be done monthly on plants grown in the ground.
  • The million bells plant is a patented variety and it is illegal to propagate the plant. Since the plants propagate themselves, this is not a big concern.
  • Million bells may be prone to aphids. Wash the leaves of the plant with warm soapy water. Use a mild soap. Do not neglect washing the undersides of the leaves.
  • If the leaves of the plant are turning yellow, the soil may have iron deficiency. This is generally caused by soil with to high of a PH level. Remove the plant from the pot and replace the soil with a more neutral formula.

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