Calibrachoa are a vital bedding plant, not as well-known as Lobelia or petunias (which they closely resemble), but so worthwhile for their ability to smother baskets and pots with their masses of blooms in all colours. Their common name of million bells well illustrates their floriferous nature.
When creating hanging baskets, select a mixture of upright or bushy plants mixed with trailing specimens, these hanging plants are placed either around the edges on the top or through holes pushed through the sides, from where they form curtains of colour.
Calibrachoa are members of the Solanacea family, so related to potatoes, they originate in South America hence their liking for a warm sunny spot - the preferred place for most summer bedding plants.
You may wish to colour theme your pots or baskets, and so for pastel tones, try the purple 'Blueberry Scone' or pink 'Bumblebee' - which will, as the name implies, have pollinators buzzing in no time! 'Rave Pink' with its eye-catching yellow stars on a bright partying pink background, will really add some summer punch!
When the temperatures soar, calibrachoas are one plant you can rely on to cope - recent trials found them to be particularly drought tolerant.
For a hot colour scheme which will knock your botanical socks off, there are plenty of options to brighten any basket. The Carnival Mix of reds, yellows and purples will provide a floral festival while 'Orange Red Eye' and its double form 'Double Orange Red Eye' make for a tantalising terracotta display.
As far as container gardening goes, calibrachoas are definitely worth a celebration.
Where to grow Calibrachoa plants?
- For maximum blooms grow in full sun. Calibrachoa plants can be grown in partial shade but the flowering will be reduced.
- Calibrachoa plants are suitable for growing in patio containers, hanging baskets and window boxes. They also provide useful ground cover when planted in the flower border.
How to grow Calibrachoa plants?
- Calibrachoa plants are drought tolerant. This doesn’t mean that they need no water but do allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings.
- These clever plants are self-cleaning which means that they do not need dead-heading.