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Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« on: January 12, 2014, 03:32:06 PM »
Anyone that grows Million Bells ( Calibrachoa ) in Summer baskets or pots be sure to grow them in Ericaceous Compost as they like a PH of about 5.5 same goes for Surfinia Petunias, you will then find that the foliage will not go yellow.

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 03:35:39 PM »
Anyone that grows Million Bells ( Calibrachoa ) in Summer baskets or pots be sure to grow them in Ericaceous Compost as they like a PH of about 5.5 same goes for Surfinia Petunias, you will then find that the foliage will not go yellow.

Well well - good tip. I didn't realise they were 'lime haters'. I always assumed the yellowing was down to low nutrient levels (esp. nitrogen) in the baskets towards the end of the season. Nice one Gray!
 

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 07:05:22 PM »
I always thought the same Gwilym  and used to give them extra feed to try and pick them up. New faces new information cheers Gray ThU:-)

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 07:50:27 PM »
Me too  - I gave up on surfinias in baskets because they never did very well even after lots of liquid comfrey.  doh:-{

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 08:13:16 PM »
Great tip gray, I didn't know that either.
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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 09:44:32 PM »
Must be the best kept secret in gardening circles - or proves how little I know!  spf:-(
 

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 11:09:15 PM »
Steady B/G Don't go telling the Riff Raff you don't know everything remember we are Welsh even when we lose the game we still played the better RUGBY ROL :-))

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 11:15:29 PM »
That's right - I remember someone saying to a gloating Englishman once - on the rare occasion nthat they beat us "You may get more points than us in 80 minutes on the day - but you'll never beat us!"  lol(1)
 

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 11:23:06 PM »
 ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-))

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2014, 12:15:58 AM »
I have grown these in baskets for years now ( will sort some pics out ) I grow them all the time now in Ericaceouse compost with a feed during the season about every two weeks of a liquid feed 20-10-20, as you know the yellowing of the foliage is due to Iron Deficiency. Also be careful when they are young plants not to have them too wet as they can suffer from Pythium Root Rot, get them past this stage and in the right compost and they will have nice green foliage. A jet of water now and then to get rid of the green fly which they can suffer from.....that's why you have sticky fingers when you touch them.  The best ones for baskets are Trailing Blue, Trailing Pink and the best one of all Lavender Vein - but this one is now hard to find since they came out with new ones and changed the name to Calibrachoa

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2014, 01:02:29 AM »
Thank you very much for that little pearl Gray  ThU:-)
 

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2014, 05:46:44 PM »
Beats my way of growing them mine have always looked sickly to the point that every year I put it down to failure . Right will try it Gray your way will look up the compost in the garden centre tomorrow got to spend my Christmas money  ;)

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2014, 06:31:24 PM »
Looks like it's going to be a Surfinia & Million Bells summer this year!  lol(1)
 

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2014, 12:39:37 AM »
Let me know how you get on with them RP.

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Re: Summer Bedding - Million Bells
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2014, 06:56:41 PM »
Will post pictures this year that's if I can get a good showing :-)snigger