Care for Blue Bell Flowers

Overview

Brightening hillsides and fields in spring and summer, Virginia bluebells are one of the most iconic American wildflowers. Gardeners love them because they are virtually maintenance free and attract butterflies from miles around. For added variety, some gardeners choose the Aspen or Alpine bluebell, which can reach 3 feet in height.

Step 1

Water your bluebells sparingly. Allow the top inch or so of the the soil to dry out before watering bluebells when they are in bloom. Once blooms die by the end of summer, these flowers do not require any supplemental water.

Step 2

Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of your bluebells. As woodland plants they like cool roots.

Step 3

Fertilize your bluebells in early spring if the soil has low fertility or if you are growing them outside of their recommended growing zone. Use a balanced fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound of fertilizer per 100 square feet.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer

References

  • Easy Wild Flowers: Mertensia Virginica
  • Plant Biology: How to Grow Virginia Bluebells
  • Gardening KnowHow: Growing Virginia Bluebell Flowers
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