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Bluebells, ideal for forest subgrowth


Bluebells are superb bulb flowers that can bloom in spring in the shaded areas of your garden.

Basic Bluebell facts

Name – Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Family – Asparagaceae
Typespring bulb

Height – 4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm)
Exposure – part sun and shade
Soil – ordinary

Flowering – March-April

Planting and care are very simple and blooming is guaranteed

Planting bluebells

We recommend planting bluebell bulbs in fall, around 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) deep.

Cluster several dozens of bulbs together, to create spots of color in your garden. Plant them about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

Pruning and caring for bluebells

Once leaves have turned yellow, cut them at their base. Don’t cut them any earlier, since the plant needs to drain its leaves from all their nutrients to prepare for the following blooming cycle.

Bluebells should normally propagate themselves naturally as years go by. New bulbs form underground and sprout into fresh new flowers during the next spring.

All there is to know about bluebells

Very nice perennial that copes well with cool and shaded forest sub-growth.

The plant re-seeds itself on its own, as long as its flowers aren’t cut off before they wilt.

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Smart tip on bluebells

Water in the evening if temperatures are hot, if the flowers seem to be somewhat drooping.

Two bluebell flowers seen from above

Image credits, own work: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois
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