canterbury bells

Debbie725June 14, 2012

I bought a canterbury bells plant at our local Lowes Store for my sister 2-3 weeks ago. It was a beautiful purple! Still in the pot it was set out on the deck & brought in during windy weather. My mother just called & told me that all the flowers had died off & so she cut it back to the dirt. Will this plant grow & bloom again or is it dead? Thank you.

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ptpulley(8b Western WA)

I doubt if your plant will grow again. Canterbury bells are prolific self-seeders. They typically drop seed in the summer after the blooms form seed pods, bloom the following spring, and then die.

If you get another plant, make sure nobody cuts the bloom stalk off before the seed matures.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 3:30AM
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I cut my canterbury bells back every year and get a second flush of blooms, just smaller.

I cut them back all the way to the rosette.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 4:13PM
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Well, doesn't it depend on what kind of campanula it is? I have some that are perennial. Or, at least, the same plants come back for me every year, in the exact same spot. I think they are persicifola.

What do you mean by "to the dirt"? Were any leaves at all left? Is the basal rosette left? If yours are annuals, if there is something left to work with you might get regrowth and another flush of blooms.

Do you have a tag still?


    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:21PM
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