Campanula carpatica is quite common because of its decorativeness. Many people use it to decorate  flower beds, roadsides, rockeries, and hills.

From my perspective, I choose to grow Campanula carpatica to adorn my garden.

Look like a princess dress, I call these bellflowers Sofia Princess. If you see them at first hand, you can be going to love it at first sight.

Moreover, Campanula carpatica is a souvenir that my revered friend left before leaving this beautiful land to start settling in a distant land. There were too many memories to mention this flower.

Campanula Carpatica, also known as Carpathian harebell or the tussock bellflower, is a flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae, which originated from the Carpathian Mountains.

Being a low-growing herbaceous perennial, Campanula carpatica has long stems and bell-shaped flowers. In 1774, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin introduced this flower pieces to the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew.

Campanula Carpatica blooms bell-shaped flowers borne short stalks above the foliage.

In summer, this low-growing perennial produces in such large quantities covering the whole plant and forming a tidy mound with rounded green leaves. The blue, white, or pink bellflowers will continue blooming until early autumn.

It is appropriate to grow massed as a groundcover, at perennial borders, in the rocks gardens.

  • Growth: It can reach up to 4 – 12 inches of height and 10 -30 inches of width. You can feel secure to grow in your garden because it is not invasive towards other pieces.
  • Growing condition: It develops in medium, well-drained soils and full sun or part shade in the warmer temperature.
  • Where to grow: This charming Carpathian Bellflower is ideal for containers, cottage gardens, garden edging, rock gardens, groundcover, city gardens, and underplanting shrubs or roses.
  • Features: The growth is quick and easy. It is virtually free with disease and pets of Campanula, but it is rabbit resistant.
  • Propagation: You can propagate by basal cutting or seed.

Beautiful Campanula Carpatica Cultivars

As previously stated, there are four cultivars in shapes. So far, I have grown two out of four and intended to plant the two last ones in the next time.

    

Deep Blue Clips

White Clips

Var. Turbinata Foerster

Var. Turbinata Jewel

Hardiness

4 – 9

Season of Interest

Summer – early, mid, or late

Height

6” – 8” (15-20 cm)

6” – 1’ (15-30 cm)

4” – 6” (10-15 cm)

4” – 6” (10-15 cm)

Spread

8” – 1’ (20-30 cm)

8” – 1’ (20-30 cm)

8” – 1’ (20-30 cm)

10” – 1’ (25-30 cm)

How to Grow Campanula Carpatica

By what means can I grow Campanula Carpatica properly?

Just like other Campanula pieces – Campanula Poscharskyana or Campanula Americana, it is not difficult to grow Campanula carpatica. I have successfully added this bellflower to my garden thanks to paying attention to these factors below:

Soil

I choose loose, well-draining soil that has the 6-8 pH to grow Campanula Carpatica.

My bellflowers are often long-living and produce plenty of beautiful flowers for years thanks to the mixture of 50% compost and 50% soil. Keep in mind!

Light

Campanula Carpatica can still develop in partial shade, but the best condition would be to grow it in a full-sun location. By receiving direct sunlight, your bellflowers will bloom more and more.

Temperature & Humidity

Remember that Campanula Carpatica cannot grow well if your living area is tropical climates, below 50 degrees at night or regions with hot temperatures. It will only develop in the warm-day-and-cool-night condition.

On top of that, powdery mildew will develop on bellflowers in a humid environment.

Watering

Let the soil completely dry out without being too soggy. Don’t water above the flower and leaves. I always water at the soil level and in the early morning. This will keep the moisture away from plant stems or foliage as the soil will dry in the afternoon.

Fertilizer

I apply a balanced way to use fertilizer on Campanula Carpatica – once in the spring and another in mid-summer. I choose to use organic fertilizer instead of the chemical one. After fertilizing,  remember to water plants regularly.

How To Propagate Campanula Carpatica

Step #1 – Use a power tiller, hoe, or spade to break up the existing soil to the 12-16″ depth.

Make the soil loose and easy-to-work by adding garden compost, manure, or peat moss. Add nutrients and organic ingredients to improve drainage. Don’t eliminate earthworms or useful organisms for the soil.

I even add the all-purpose feed as well as a granulated starter fertilizer to encourage blooming.

Step #2 – To take the plant out of the container, hold the base, tip it sideways, and then loosen the pot by tapping the outside. Rotate your container and continue tapping until you can remove the plant from there.

Step #3 – Ensure that the dug hole is two times larger in comparison with the root ball (both the depth and width).

Grasp the top of the root ball of the plant. Utilize your fingers to rake the root parts filled your container before putting the plant in the hole.

Step #4 – Use your hands to push and firm the soil surrounding the plant.

The soil covering the hole must be even or up to one inch compared to the planting ground. Because of new plantings, you need to water daily for several weeks to encourage the growth.

Step #5 – For your bellflowers getting taller, you should support cages or stake at planting time or early in the spring.

Campanula carpatica will effectively grow when you give them vertical space. So, providing a wall, trellis, or fence is perfect to let them develop freely.

Step #6 – In this final step, you cover a 2-inch layer of compost or shredded bark, retain the soil moisture, and reduce weeds.

Common Diseases and How to Prevent

There is a list of bellflower diseases that you need to pay attention:

  • Bacterial diseases: Crown gall
  • Fungal diseases: Ascochyta leaf spot, botrytis blight, cercospora leaf spot, charcoal rot, fusarium root rot, phyllosticta leaf spot, powdery mildew, and more.

So, is there any way to prevent these diseases from Campanula carpatica?

Yes, speaking from my own experience (after I grew the healthy blue and white bellflowers), I have some recommendations to help minimize bellflower diseases:

  • When the plant has grown for a couple of weeks, you only water twice or three times a week. With Campanula carpatica grown in the sand, you can water more frequently.
  • Don't water the entire plant. Once foliage gets wet for a while, there will appear diseases and mold. A soaker hose is ideal for your plant.
  • The deeper the watering, the further the roots will grow in the ground. As a result, your plant becomes sturdier and more drought tolerance.
  • You never fertilize in the growing season because early frosts can damage to your plant.
  • Instead of applying the fertilizer regularly, I use a 2-inch layer of compost or mulch annually. Not only does it provide nutrients to Campanula carpatica but also improves the soil condition.
  • I always cut off faded blooms and old flower stems to keep the energy of plants. But, I never prune plants after September 1st because the first frosts will likely affect them.
  • Every 3-4 years, you need to dig your plant up and divide it into the small parts. With that in mind, your perennials will healthily grow and bloom more and more.

Once your plant is healthy, it will be able to fight the diseases.

In the Nutshell

Do you love flowers and want to add colorful plants to your garden? If yes, you can try growing Campanula Carpatica . Let’s bring my loved princess to your garden. She will make your garden beautiful.

Trust me!

It is noticeable that you need to remember:

Not only Carpathian Bellflower, caring for your plant growing well is vital and necessary. The healthy plant will fight the diseases better.

I hope that you will succeed in decorating your greenhouse with the gorgeous blue, pink, white, purple bellflowers.

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