Its tall, multi-branched stems with lots of small white star-like or lavender flowers in open will round from mid to late summer. And thanks to its romantic look, you can easily mix this ornamental plant with roses to make a beautiful perennial border.
Since you are here, I will guide you on how to grow another flower in the family Campanulaceae.
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All You Should Know About Campanula Lactiflora
Before diving into the central part of this article, I want to introduce some necessary information about this plant first. Make sure you read carefully to start with ease.
The name “Campanula” means “bell,” while the name of “lactiflora” comes from the Latin word “milk” and refers to the milky sap in the stems. That’s why its common name is the Milky Bellflower.
Campanula lactiflora or the milky bellflower is a tall, coarse, and upright bellflower that is native to Turkey and the Caucasus. It is a medium-sized perennial that grows between 3 and 4 feet (less frequently to 5 feet) tall.
In appropriate conditions, this plant will self-seed with different results, resulting in different colors like pale blue or white.
Then Check A Thorough Care Guide On Planting
Start sowing the seeds into pots or cells with good quality seed compost.
Make sure you sow finely onto the surface and then press gently on the compost. And remember not to cover them because sunlight supports the germination of seeds.
The next thing is to put in a propagator or cover with a plastic lid and place in a warm area. The ideal temperature should be from 65 to 680F.
After that, water from the base to keep the compost moist enough, yet not too much. Or the seedlings might suffer damping off.
KEEP IN MIND that:
When the seedlings have some first pairs of leaves and are big enough to handle, you need to put each seedling into pots to continue developing.
Then acclimatize them to outdoor conditions about 10 to 15 days before growing (make sure all risks of frost haves gone).
You also plant them in a place which is 12 inches apart. At the same time, provide diffused light to make them develop better. And don’t forget to grow in sun or partial shade, in neutral, fertile to alkaline soil that is moist yet well-drained.
There are many different ways on how to reproduce the milky bellflower.
And Find Ways To Control Pest Or Disease Problems
When it comes to diseases and pests of Campanula, the milky bellflower is prone to most of the common garden pests such as snails, slugs, spider mites, vine weevils, and aphids.
Additionally, you might catch powdery mildew, rust, Southern blight, and Ramularia and Septoria leaf spot.
However, all these problems can be solved with ease.
You can visit a nearby garden center and purchase insecticidal soap for mites and aphids or diatomaceous earth for slugs.
Overall, they are not BIG issues, and you can handle well.
It Is Time To Make Your Garden Lovely
To be honest, gardeners widely appreciate Campanula Lactiflora. Not only is it perfect for cottage backyards but also bed and borders or even underplanting.
Moreover, these flowers are edible, especially for salads. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?
So, if you are going to plant this perennial in sweeping drifts and mix with roses at the rear of the borders, you should DO instantly. Just make sure to mass or group the plants to get the best effect for the garden.
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