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Calibrachoa (Million Bells)

Calibrachoa sp. (‘Calimor’ Series)

Life: Annual, Indoor Perenial

Size: 6-12″

Light: Full to Partial Sun
Water: Average, Well Drained
Soil: Rich, Acidic

 

A close reletive of the petunia, they are very floriferous in a wide range of colors with fine textured foliage that grows in a spreading habit. Excellent for pots, hanging baskets, or borders and masses in beds. They love the cooler weather of spring or fall and tend to fade out during the hot summer, though pots may be brought indoors. A rather hungry plant, they do best with a bi-weekly liquid and monthly granular fertilizers.

Calibrachoa sp. (‘Noa’ Series)

Life: Annual, Indoor Perenial
Size: 6-12″

Light: Full Sun

Water: Average, Well Drained

Soil: Rich, Acidic Loam

 

A close reletive of the petunia, they are often called “trailing petunias” or “million bells”, for the number and shape of their blooms. They will produce hundreds of brightly colored, 1″ wide, trumpet shaped, petunia-like flowers from spring until the beginning of hot weather; plant them in either early spring or fall, but protect overwintering plants from freezing temperatures. They are vigorous, fast growing, well branched, and do not need deadheading. With their trailing habit, they are excellent for spilling out of pots and hanging baskets, or as a cool-weather ground cover in raised beds. The flowers will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, too.