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My bluebells, English and Spanish, now probably hybrid, are becoming invasive. The bulbs are too deep mostly to find. Many are in peonies, blueberries and other undiggable plants in my mixed borders and two secret gardens. There are also collections of about twenty fine sprouts in many places, presumably from the seed pods. It is very difficult getting them all the tiny bulb on the end in minute.
Does anyone have any suggestions. I have a nice stand of what look like English bluebells under a viburnum shrub which are not trouble and a welcome sight.
Thank you. Clemie

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What would i do?, well i would persivere in digging out as many as i possible can, yes time consuming and laboreous but done little by little you will eventually see a difference, as for the bluebells that are growing under between the shrubs etc, then carefully scuff the foliage away once the leaves have gained their height, and then mulch round the base of these plants, it will tidy it up for you, but will need to be repeated every year, not sure if ther is a product on the market for killing blubells off, but if so then carefull thought would be needed round your shrubs, i prefer in these difficult situations to scuff and mulch, julien.

30 May, 2011


If you can't dig them out for whatever reason then keep pulling out all the leaves as soon as they appear. Eventually this will weaken the bulb to he point that it dies.

30 May, 2011


Julien and Moon growe, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I am sorry I have taken so long to come back here. Life called.
I shall do as suggested.
I have had ten loaded wheelbarrows of bluebells which I dug up.

16 Jun, 2011

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