Million Bells® Calibrachoa
The original Million Bells® Calibrachoa are still best sellers, thanks to their vigorous growth, rich blooming and demonstrated garden performance. They bloom well into fall.
Million Bells® best sellers
Million Bells® is a trade mark for the world renowned Calibrachoa from Suntory®. Suntory® was the first breeder to introduce this species to the worlds flower market. This variety is trailing and extremely tolerant. Million Bells® are versatile plants which are well suited to hanging baskets, patio containers and window boxes. Consumers love the colors in this collection. The range started out with just a few colors but nowadays a huge range of colors and patterns is available. They are heat tolerant, cold hardy and produce flowers from spring to autumn.
Needs low maintenance. Do not over water when young. Pinch the plant early on to encourage breaks & extra flowers. Constant feed with a complete water-soluble fertilizer is needed.
Million Bells® Trailing are ideal for hanging baskets, patio pots, combinations, window boxes and landscapes.
Low-growing, vigorous trailing. Height: 2-6 inches. Length: 24 inches. Spread: up to 48 inches.
When working with Million Bells® calibrachoas, start them warm in a well-drained soil mix, then finish cool after they are well established. The key is to keep the pH down to help prevent Thielaviopsis root rot, which is less persistent in media with a lower pH. We can use an acid feed with added iron, based on a soil test to accomplish this. Calibrachoas respond well to added iron.
We’ve found an aggressive, preventative fungicide drench to be worthwhile in establishing this crop and maintaining it. As the plants are established, plant growth regulator treatments of Florel or B-Nine are used. We pinch as needed to shape. Bonzi drench treatments are used later in the season and we like to use multiple lower-dose applications. For combination plantings, I love the trailing Million Bells® Blue ’09 with Yellow and Magenta is an outstanding one.
Barone Garden, Cicero, New York