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Campanula, Meteora

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Soothing, gorgeous blue flowers.

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This petite beauty rewards you instantly with loads of perfect stars in cooling lavender blue. Thrives in the garden bed or as a tidy pot plant. Common name Canterbury Bells.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

7-10

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Rabbit

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Campanula may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Blooms the second year from seed
  • Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before outdoor planting date in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Just cover the seeds lightly with seed starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 65-70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 20-30 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • After danger of frost, select a location in full sun to light shade with good, rich, moist, organic, well-drained soil.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil.
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep it evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 20-30 days.
  • Thin seedlings to stand 6 inches apart when they have at least 2 pairs of leaves.
  • Blooms the second year from seed.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Select a location in full sun to light shade with good, rich, moist, organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Taller varieties may require staking.
  • Divide in early spring to rejuvenate plants.

Growing Tips

  • Shorter varieties may be used as a groundcover or in a rock garden. Taller varieties make great cut flowers, and work well in borders or naturalized in a woodland garden.
  • Cut back in fall after frost kills the foliage.
  • Some varieties self sow.
Zone
7-10
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
10 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Campanula
Life Cycle
Perennial
Campanula, Meteora is rated 1.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tough to get started The seeds are so very tiny and must be very fragile. I had one of 10 planted that came up.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor germination rate of the entire packet, only 1 seed germinated. very dissapointed with these seeds.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No luck I seeded the content of a package and no one seed germinated. It was disappointing
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty but tough to get going These were very pretty, but seemed like it took forever to get to transplanting size. I put them in partial shade and forgot about them so I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed they were blooming.
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No luck 1 packet, and 1 replacement packet, and none of the seeds germinated. My spring with Burpee seeds this year.
Date published: 2011-07-16
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