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Planting Bluebell on any type of soil

August 19, 2010
bluebells planted during autumn

Growing bluebell in your lawn is a breeze

Bluebell is a native plant commonly found in Britain especially around Sheffield area. Bluebell is perfect for outdoor lawns where they will create a nice blue carpet and is perfect for landscaping. There are basically three major varieties of Bluebells, one is the British Bluebell and another two is the Spanish Bluebell and Virginia Bluebell (found in the US).  Recently there has been much hype about protecting the native British species from hybridizing with the Spanish type, mostly on concern to protect the true genuine local flower. The flowers of Bluebells as the name implies can be characterized as large bell-shaped violet blue hanging from an upright stalk. The plant itself is around 30cm of height and is known to have a unique honey fragrance.

Bluebells can be planted on almost any type of soil, which is moist and rich in compost. Bluebells will grow under full sunlight but they will do best in shaded area especially under trees and shrubs. Bluebell seeds can be obtained through gardener or if you happen to find bluebells in the wild, look for mature plants with baby bulbs. One can also obtain the seeds from the plant as well if you intend to start from scratch. The seeds are easily identified as having hard shiny black surface, tiny in size and spherical in shape. Bluebells are best planted in the autumn. Before planting the seeds, it has been recommended that the seeds should be kept in the freezer for at least 1 to 2 weeks in order to stimulate natural winter condition in the wild. While the seeds are in the freezer, the grower can start to prepare the planting patch by raking it vigorously with rake to get loose soil. Once the seeds are ready, sprinkle and spread them evenly throughout the entire patch. During the first year, don’t be surprised to see shoots will start to appear which looks just like normal grass. The flowers will only start to bloom during the third and fourth year during mid to late spring and will usually last for about 3 weeks.

Once the patch of Bluebells has been established, the person would not have to worry much because the plant itself is considered hardy. They will usually attract bees, butterflies and will be pollinated in the process. To obtain proper growth, always ensure that the soil is moist and if needed add compost once per year. Another thing to note is that deer and cattles (if you happen to have one around) like to graze on bluebells and trampling will sometimes cause damage. Watch out for sign of pest and disease and if needed do weeding to get rid of unwanted growth on the patch.

Some expects recommend to split existing bulbs when the leaves have died down and transplant to provide new drifts of color and to remove spent flowers to prevent self-seeding. The rewards and satisfaction of having bluebells are certainly great and it is definitely worth the wait.

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