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By Hank

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

Sorry, campanula carp again.

It's taken me many months to raise these little chaps, and I've lost several along the way - so I must do the right thing now.
The 3 shown below are in 2 1/4 inch pots and I was wondering if they were now big enough to go out in the garden; and if so, would I put them in a rockery or a border. And do they go in together or apart ? And anything else I should inow.
I have 5 more but they're a bit smaller.
I'm not quite sure who helped me last time with this question but I guess he'll be fed up with seeing it.




They are fine to plant out. Smaller plants always tend to do better when it comes to transplanting and plants you've grown from seed yourself are the best plants to have. Just make sure they are going in well cultivated, well draining soil. You'll need to baby them for a few weeks keeping them well watered and weed free.

Space them at least 2 feet apart. Campanulas prefer evenly moist soils with good drainage and are at their best in climates with cool nights. Full sun or bright shade. They can be divided every 2 years, then you'll have more plants to give away or replant elsewhere.

22 Aug, 2015


thanks buddy, will they be alright outside over Winter ? I live near Manchester U.K.

22 Aug, 2015


Yes they will be fine. They will go dormant over winter, but come back again like gangbusters in the Spring. In the fall, cut the leaves and stems back 3 inches above the soil line then let them sleep.

It's best to plant them out sooner then later so they can root in before the cold weather gets here. That's key.
Those are nice plants, what color are they?

22 Aug, 2015


Thanks, I know they're blue as I remember the packet.

22 Aug, 2015


If they are still in the greenhouse I'd harden them off for a couple of weeks first - they look a bit drawn.At this time of year you could just stand the pots outside somewhere sheltered. I'd quarrel with Bathgate re cutting the leaves off where you live - if they don't want their leaves they will lose them on their own. No need to plant them together as they should make nice clumps on their own. They are edging or rockery plants so in your garden I'd go for the rockery. You can always move one later if you change your mind. Can you remember which variety they are?

22 Aug, 2015


When the foliage goes brown in the fall, cut it off 3 inches above the soil. Dead foliage harbors diseases, spores and insect eggs waiting to attack your plants when they emerge in the Spring. You are free to plant wherever you like as long as it has Sun/bright shade & good drainage, loose cultivated soil. They are quite adaptable. Plants don't talk.

22 Aug, 2015


Just to say C. carpatica do not flower continuously in summer. You get a big flush in June/July and after that flowering is rather sporadic if at all. Also slugs/snails love these young plants so I'd put pellets down after planting or or risk losing them. It happened to me.

23 Aug, 2015


Thanks B, just going out with the slug pellets now.

23 Aug, 2015


Went out to check on my campanulas this morning - 12 large slugs dead or dying. Thank goodness you warned me.
Have just doubled up on the slug pellets.

24 Aug, 2015

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