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A Quick Bellflower Guide to Campanula Carpatica

The campanula carpatica is a type of bellflower and one of the 300 species. It is an evergreen variety which is also very durable, thus a very popular flower for gardens. The leaves are round or heart-shaped and during the blooming period it develops beautiful blue and purple flowers. This is where the origin of the name 'bellflower' becomes obvious - the flowers are shaped like bells.

The blooming period is between May and July, and you will find the campanula carpatica in gardens, parks, roadsides or simply growing wildly in green spaces. It is an ideal plant for rocky gardens, can grow through holes in the wall, and some varieties of bellflowers can grow indoors. You may ask in a gardening store whether the type you chose is suitable for pot planting.

The origin of bellflowers date back many centuries, and they have been known to be strong and durable flowers. Thus, they are low-maintenance gardening pleasures and do not require a lot of care or attention. The prettiest effects can be achieved by planting different colored bellflowers, and they should be planted in small groups. They are some of the only flowers out there that can grow in a rockery and do not need well nourished soil. In fact, the soil should not contain any clay as this will store water. The most important thing is that the earth is permeable because soaking will result in disease and kill the plant. Especially during winter, the campanula carpatica hates to have wet feet!

Pick a semi-shady spot to plant your bellflowers - they grow beautifully along walls or around larger rocks. To ensure good growth, pick a location that has some ventilation and gets some air, especially if you are keeping them indoors. Average winters are usually not a problem at all; in fact if the winters are too warm the campanula carpatica might not survive. While soaking is dangerous, drying out is equally bad. Bellflowers do grow fast and require little care, but the right amount of water is crucial. Just before and after the blooming period, some fertilizer can significantly improve the survival rate.

The only severe issues with all types of bellflowers are snails - they are crazy about these plants! That is the only thing you really need to take care of, meaning that regular check-ups are necessary to ensure that snails are not nibbling on the flowers. If snails, fungus or pest are attacking your campanula carpatica, you should remove any ill parts and use some pesticides to treat the flower accordingly. Especially when exposed to heat you may find that the leaves are developing yellow spots, yellow stripes or even yellow zigzag lines. This is caused by a virus which is contagious for other plants. If you notice these yellow discolorations, you must immediately rip out all roots and dispose of the plant, otherwise the virus may attack other healthy plants and ruin your entire beet.

While the campanula carpatica is not disease-free, the right care will ensure a healthy growth. These gorgeous bell-shaped flowers ring in springtime and look fantastic in any garden, especially when there are some rocks around. Furthermore, they can be used as cut flower as a gift for somebody else, or simply to decorate your own house. They do not only look refreshing, but they also have a beautiful spring scent that is frequently used as essential oil in fragrances, perfumes and scented candles. So if you want to bring the spring feeling into your house, plant some bellflowers and enjoy their colorful blossoms, their beautiful leaves and their enchanting scent!



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