Featured Plant of the Month: Bluebells


Featured Plant of the Month: Bluebells


It’s mid-September which means summer has officially come to a close. This however, should not be worrisome for gardeners. In fact, autumn’s milder temperatures are ideal for certain types of plants and the copious amounts of rain often help to foster plant growth. It’s time to complete the pruning of summer shrubs and prepare your garden for fall. One particular spring-blooming flower that should be planted in the early fall is the bluebell. This gorgeous, fragrant plant blossoms into a blue-violet, bell-shaped flower that adds a beautiful pop to any garden. And yes, they extract nectar which will bring lovely hummingbirds to your garden, creating a picturesque garden scene. The first step is to prepare your garden for fall planting. There are certain benefits to fall and winter gardening such as the milder temperatures, the moist rain, and the decrease in detrimental pests. However, there are various steps to prepping your garden for the change in season. Begin your clean-up by cutting back any summer plants that have finished blooming or appear dead.  Harvest your remaining vegetables, mow your lawn regularly, continue to aerate and check for pests, and take in any summer plants that can be tended to indoors. Now  it’s time to prepare and plant your bluebells, which will be all set to impress in your beautifully blooming garden come spring. These flowers are planted in the fall to allow them enough time (about 3-4 months) to set down roots before extremely cold weather or torrential downpours ensue. Luckily, these are extremely tolerable and easy plants to grow and seem to flourish in most conditions. They do best however in partly shady areas, so look to plant under a tree or shadier zone that has plenty of space. Planting Bluebells

  • Prepare your soil. Bluebells flourish in fertile, well-drained soil. The soil acidity should be between a pH of 5.0 to 6.0.
  • Plant. Dig a hole about 2 to 3 inches deep and place the bulbs inside with the pointed ends facing up. Spread soil over the bulbs and pat down the soil.
  • Water. After you’ve covered the bulbs with soil, water to settle the soil. Water twice a week (best to water in the mornings) until the plants bloom. Be careful not to over-water and suffocate the roots.
  • Mulch. To help retain soil moisture, mulch in the summer and winter. Use organic mulch for best results.
  • Divide. Luckily, bluebells spread fast and return every spring. Divide bluebells every 2-4 years to prevent over-crowding in your garden.
  • Pests. Bluebells are particularly pest-resistant, but you might run into problems with bulb flies. They tend to lay eggs in the soil in the spring, so make sure to firm the soil around the plant during this season.
Bluebells are among the easiest flowers to plant, and they always make quite the impression. They are the ideal plant to add to your garden this fall, and with very little maintenance they’ll bloom into spectacularly breath-taking additions to your garden come spring! Don’t wait to plant your bluebells!

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