Caring For Your Potted Campanula
Campanula is also known as Bellflower or Bluebells which can be somewhat misleading since they are available in various shades including white, red and dark purple. While many varieties are perfect for growing in your garden, there are also those suited for life indoors. Compared with other house plants, Campanulas are quite easy to care for. They have a few preferences in terms of their environment but, then again, what plant doesn’t? Here are some care tips to keep in mind when bringing your Campanula home:
Choose the right variety
When making your selection, you need to be aware that certain types of Campanula are fairly large and better suited for your garden than inside your home. Purchase a Campanula plant that is specifically suited for indoor cultivation.
Your Campanula should come potted already. Make sure that the pot has plenty of drainage holes. Baskets are actually the best for these plants since they allow perfect air flow, drainage and you can hang them to allow the plant to trail downwards.
Campanulas are particularly needy in the light department. Experts suggest that you fix a fluorescent grow light about 6 inches above the plant and leave it on for 13 hours a day. This is particularly important during the winter months since they need even more light than your windowsill has to offer.
The soil should be kept evenly most but not too soggy. The water you use should also be room temperature and, if you use tap water, allow the water to sit for 24 hours in order to remove as many chemicals as possible.
Feed your plant with a liquid fertilizer every 12 days during the growing period. In the winter months, you should dilute the liquid fertilizer to half its recommended concentration and return to normal when spring arrives.
Campanulas like good air circulation. Securing a fan to move air above the plant is ideal. If you use your ceiling fan, remember to keep it on low. Fans should not be pointed directly at the plant itself.
Deadhead the plant to encourage flower growth. Once all the flowers have perished, prune the plant to about an inch above the soil. It will continue to grow and bloom again.