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Joy and simplicity in lilac

Bluebells are the ideal flowers for those who want to give, without too much effort, a touch of color to the garden with something that catches the eye, but that does not necessarily impose itself as a protagonist or visual fulcrum within the green space. In the different shades of white, pink, blue and purple, the bluebellsthey show themselves as flowers with a delicate appearance and elegant and not too intense colors. Their cultivation is very simple, since they are plants by nature suitable for our areas and which can also be found as spontaneous vegetation. They are very decorative plants, because they have abundant flowering, even if the flowers are relatively small in size and for this reason they can be considered elements of decoration of the garden without overwhelming the elegance and beauty of the other crops present in it. The bluebellsthey can be grown in pots, both inside and outside the house, to decorate even small balconies: the development of the shrub can be easily kept under control without it becoming a weed or excessively bulky. The bellflower is a plant that also allows a wide range of choices: there are about 300 species, different in terms of characteristics and climatic needs, which can therefore be selected both from an aesthetic point of view and based on the adaptability of the plant to the climate of the environment. in which it will be placed.

Cultivation


The fact that the bellflower is a shrub native to Europe and that its different cultivars are found as spontaneous vegetations in different types of climatic and environmental areas is a sign of the ease of cultivation of this shrub, even if this does not mean that it does not need of care and attention. Meeting the plant’s needs means ensuring healthier growth and lush flowering. The most suitable arrangement is that which allows the plant to receive light, but not the direct rays of the sun. Better a semi-shady position, with the possibility of repairing the bellflower in case the winter is harsh. As far as the soil is concerned, it is not a demanding plant: not surprisingly, it is also called a “pioneer”, precisely because it is able to take root and grow even on rocky areas where other crops do not arrive, opening the way for them. Instead, it is important to repot every two or three years, based on the development of the roots, which tend to occupy all the available space. Repotting should be done in spring, a period also useful for spreading fertilizer, to be added every two weeks to the watering water. The soil of the bellflower must always remain humid, especially in the summer, while water stagnation must be absolutely avoided, which would lead to the death of the plant making its roots rotten. which tend to occupy all the available space. Repotting should be done in spring, a period also useful for spreading fertilizer, to be added every two weeks to the watering water. The soil of the bellflower must always remain humid, especially in the summer, while water stagnation must be absolutely avoided, which would lead to the death of the plant making its roots rotten. which tend to occupy all the available space. Repotting should be done in spring, a period also useful for spreading fertilizer, to be added every two weeks to the watering water. The soil of the bellflower must always remain humid, especially in the summer, while water stagnation must be absolutely avoided, which would lead to the death of the plant making its roots rotten.

Multiplication


The bellflower reproduces by seed or by cuttings, also depending on the needs of those who perform the operations: if you want a faster result you will have to opt for the cutting, while if you want to follow the birth and growth of the plant step by step, reproduction by seed it does not involve too many difficulties. The cutting must be taken in spring and it is sufficient that it is about ten cm long, while the cut must be clean. After having placed the cutting in a rhizogenic powder to favor rooting, the new plant thus obtained can be transferred to the ground and kept at a constant temperature around 15 degrees, covered and protected from the winds but lightly watered every day and uncovered for a while. to circulate the air. The cuttings will be kept in this way until they have put new shoots, while from that moment they can be treated in all respects as an adult plant. Similar procedure also for cultivation by seed: they will have to be buried in a few cm of earth and the tray will then be covered to keep the temperature constant. Also in this case every day the soil will be aired and moistened. As the seedlings germinate and grow, they can be exposed to light and air, until they are decanted and cultivated like any other now robust plant. Also in this case every day the soil will be aired and moistened. As the seedlings germinate and grow, they can be exposed to light and air, until they are decanted and cultivated like any other now robust plant. Also in this case every day the soil will be aired and moistened. As the seedlings germinate and grow, they can be exposed to light and air, until they are decanted and cultivated like any other now robust plant.

Campanula: Pests and diseases


The bellflower is a resistant plant, but this does not mean that it is not subject to the risk of diseases: in particular, particularly humid and sultry environments could cause the proliferation of fungi and the red spider, whose presence is detectable due to the brown spots that appear on the leaves. To remedy the infestation it is necessary to eliminate all traces of the parasite using a cotton swab soaked in alcohol, while in the case of already widespread infestation it will be necessary to provide for the use of specific pesticides. As a preventive measure, it is necessary to maintain an environment that is not too humid and with adequate air recirculation. The leaves can also show signs of suffering from the plant: if scorched they will need a more shaded location,

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