calycanthema Seeds 'Cup and Saucer Mix' Flowers
Campanula, Canterbury Bell
Campanula medium var calycanthema 'Cup and Saucer Mix' is an old variety that has been commercially cultivated since 1889 when Veitch exhibited two varieties.
Very distinct from the regular Campanula medium, the variant 'calcanthema' has enormous calyxes that match the colour of the cup-shaped flowers, making the cup look as though it is sitting on a plate.
âCup and Saucer Mixâ produces large 8cm (3in) flowers on loose racemes from spring to early summer in a wonderful mix of colours: pink, rose, lavender, violet, white, or blue, each large flower is surrounded by a calyx of the same colour as the petals.
With bold stalks of big, beautiful bells and up to twenty prolific stems per plant, this is a superb plant for the back of the border. Growing to a height of approximately 75cm and flowering from May to July, it is perfect when grown in combination with other tall subjects such as Delphinium and Digitalis.
It is an easy plant to grow and loved by bees, it is one that looks stunning anywhere in the garden, they also make excellent pot plants and are superb as a cut flower.
Sow in early spring to early summer.
A true biennial that blooms in the spring of the second season, the plant can be treated as an annual if started indoors early in the year. As a biennial they can also be planted in early summer and set out in the autumn for early blooms the following spring. In summer, seeds can be planted directly into a nursery bed. It will bloom six months after seeds are sown.
The seeds should be sown on the surface of the compost, press lightly into the compost but do not cover as they need light to germinate.
The compost should be quite moist. Cover the seed container with a piece of glass or clear plastic and leave in a temperature of approximately 18-20Â°C (65-68Â°F) in a position which receives diffused light. Germination between 14 and 28 days.
Once some of the seeds have germinated air should be admitted gradually otherwise the seedlings may damp off.
When seedlings have their first pair of true leaves and are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots. When large enough, plant out into their final position.
Campanula Medium has strong stems, but may require some staking in more exposed areas. Stake plants before the flowers open to keep the racemes upright.
Add complete organic fertilizer when planting and again the following spring. Slugs can be a problem when the plants are young
After flowering, collect the seed to raise new plants, and then cut back the top growth to force up a second batch of leaves and flowers, although they won't be as profuse as the first. Allow some of the plants to self seed, which will produce another generation for future years. To maintain an annual supply of plants, start new seeds in the nursery bed each year.
Cut flowers after one or two flowers are open. They will last up to 8 days; more if the water is changed daily or when floral preservatives are added to the vase water
Flowerbeds, borders, cut flowers and massed plantings
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