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Canterbury Bells     

Campanula medium

Canterbury Bells is part of the Campanula (Bellflower) genus and its scientific name is Campanula medium. The medium part of this plant's botanical name means 'intermediate'.This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Blue and   Medium red-violet and   Pink. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   North Texas Green colour. It is a flower that typically grows as a biennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of two years. Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.25 feet (1.00 metres). Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

Be aware that Canterbury Bells typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

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How to grow Canterbury Bells

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Patience is a virtue with this plant, it is classified biennial as it typically does not produce blooms until it’s second year.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 5 - Zone 8 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Canterbury Bells requires a loamy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 7.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Canterbury Bells is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Canterbury Bells to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Canterbury Bells from seed

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Canterbury Bells

Plant after all danger of frost and soil temperature has reached at least 65 degrees.

Canterbury bells prefer well drained moist soil so keep this in mind when planting and choose a location that tends to stay moist. In hotter climates they will do better with some shade. They prefer cool weather and low humidity but are cold sensitive as well. 1

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Canterbury Bells is a very hardy plant.

Common Canterbury Bells problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Canterbury Bells plants:

  • Botrytis Rot

    Botrytis rot or crown rot is a fungal disease that is very common in rainy weather.

  • Gray mold rot

  • Powdery Mildew

    White powdery spot disease that affects a large variety of plants.

  • Rust

  • Aphids

    Also known as greenfly and blackfly, Aphids are a common sap-sucking garden pest.

  • Slugs

    A snail without a shell. A mollusc with an elongated, soft body with a shiny appearance due to the slime coating.

  • Thrips

    Thrips are tiny white coloured flies that feed by burrowing into plant tissue - especially new buds and leaf growth.

  • Spider Mites

    Tetranychus urticae (an animal with over 60 common names, including red spider mite and two-spotted spider mite) is one of many species of plant-feeding mites found in dry environments, and generally considered a pest. It is the most widely known member of the family Tetranychidae or Spider mites. [source http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Horticulture/Tetranychus_urticae]

Other names for Canterbury Bells

Cups and saucers, Bellflower, Bluebell

Canterbury Bells care instructions

How long does Canterbury Bells take to grow?

These estimates for how long Canterbury Bells takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


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