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author N. Solovyova, author photo

Medium bell, or campanula medium (Campanula medium) - the most spectacular and most common type of biennial bells used in floriculture. This is a flowering plant with an erect stem with a height of 0.5 to 1 meter. Its large pyramidal inflorescence consists of many large flowers up to 7 cm long.
Funnel-shaped in shape, charming flowers of a medium bluebell, depending on the variety, are simple, semi-double, terry, in color - white, blue, blue, pink.

Growing a bell medium from seeds

Numerous small seeds of a medium bluebell ripening in large bolls under favorable conditions give self-seeding. It remains only to plant these seedlings less often and find a suitable place in the garden for them.

In open ground, seeds of a middle bluebell are sown since the end of spring and in June. Lightly sprinkle crops with sand, shade and maintain light soil moisture to ensure friendly seedlings.
Thin sprouts of bluebells appear approximately 2 weeks after sowing. At the age of 3 weeks, frequent shoots dive into the bed at a distance of at least 10 cm from each other.

At the end of summer or the beginning of autumn, matured bellflower seedlings are planted in a permanent place - in sunny flower beds with fertile, drained soil that does not allow rain and irrigation water to stagnate. By this time, a lush rosette of leaves is already forming in the middle bellflower seedlings.

In order for young plants to successfully winter, in the fall it is advisable to cover their leaf rosettes with dry fallen leaves of woody plants or to mulch plantings with peat.

The flowering of overwintered outlets of the middle bell occurs in the second year, it lasts a very long time - from June to September. Regular removal of blooming flowers and watering in dry, hot weather contributes to the formation of a large number of new buds in this moisture-loving, abundantly flowering plant.

Cut mid-bellflower inflorescences retain freshness in a bouquet for up to 2 weeks.

Seed cultivation

Small bell seeds are small, 1 gram = 5000 pieces. For uniform sowing, seeds are recommended to be mixed with dry clean sand. Growing a bell medium from the seeds produced (without filling seeds with earth) in early June at the sowing site. About 60% of seedlings germinate after 14 days. Landing at a permanent place in September.

In a not too warm bright room, you can try to grow varieties from the Champion group, growing as an annual. Sowing is carried out in early March. Until the seedlings have sprouted, the seedlings are left in a warm room. After a pick, when the plants have two leaves, they are transferred to the most lit, coldest room, low temperatures stimulate the formation of a flower shoot, and prevent the plants from stretching. Landing in open ground after frosts.

Fairytale flowers and picturesque bell bell mids

Actually, in my flower gardens of a natural style, a richly blooming middle bell looks, in my opinion, completely unnatural. Terry flowers - especially. Fatty, savory ones are just amazing how you can.
This is on the one hand, and on the other, without them there would have been something lacking for contrast. Here are the sunflowers I have about the same brand inscribed there. And it turns out: cereals, cereals, hummocks, pikes, and then bam - and something like that is sooooo clearly cultural.

I can’t even imagine what prompted me to buy the seeds of a plant called the “medium terry bell”. Well, every little bell from these seeds has turned out. And terry too, yes.

In the photo: medium bell with simple, semi-double and double flowers

Sometimes I look at these bells and cannot find words! None at all. Next to them I want to sit silently. They fill the space and catch something with their funnels. High-quality capture, reasonable thoughts, too. You sit, you put a finger inside the flower, they are so strong, and. all thoughts disappear.
They look like houses. Or skirts. This is their tale. You can draw illustrations from them to fairy tales about little men.

And there are still half-terry bells. They look like two exactly the same bells, neatly inserted one into the other. These are insulated houses. Skirts with lining.
I also liked to unscrew one such funnel on the leg and put it in a small vase. It turns out very beautifully.
And these bells have cool buds. They pout them like sponges. The buds are interesting to watch. And when they open, the very first ones are such a joy!

In the photo: middle bell bell buds, half-double bell flower

And after flowering on some bushes, very interesting things turn out - intricate seed boxes, again similar to bells. And so they pass even as a booty. What I did not expect from them in any way.

In the photo: clary sage and white bells, medium bellflower seed boxes

Here it is, the bell is average. And initially I was not going to plant these bells. But he sowed, and grow. Now sow themselves. In general, they are strange.

Application

Bell medium - a wonderful plant for the rear border of the flower bed. Lower grades are suitable for the central part of the flowerbed. In sunny places, they look good with lower grasses, with arched leaves, for example, Foxtails. It can be planted in front of the flower beds, the cirrus bristles will cover the yellowed leaves at the base.

Later varieties can be cut into a vase, retain freshness for up to 8 days. Cut when two flowers are fully developed. Terry varieties are more durable and look better in compositions with delphinium inflorescences.

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