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MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)


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CAROLINCALGARY02-Apr-01 11:19 AM EST   
Linda02-Apr-01 08:55 PM EST   
The Budding POet21-Apr-01 02:46 AM EST 4b   
Grace21-Apr-01 02:56 PM EST   
Lori Haley14-Jun-01 11:55 AM EST 5   
Sandra Mitchell15-Jun-01 10:36 AM EST 3   
Rosco19-Jun-01 09:30 PM EST 3   
Rosco20-Jun-01 01:21 AM EST 3   
Amy20-Jun-01 06:30 PM EST 5   
Debbie21-Jun-01 01:49 AM EST   
Amy21-Jun-01 10:59 PM EST 5   


Subject: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: CAROLINCALGARY
Zone:
Date: 02-Apr-01 11:19 AM EST

I saw these in a garden a couple of years ago and now the discussion re hanging baskets Budding Poet mentioned it with the proper name. I have heard that it is not possible to get seed. Can anyone give me some information about this?


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 02-Apr-01 08:55 PM EST

Million Bells are one in the series put out by plant Breeders under the name of Proven Winners. There is a very tight control on their plants propagation. 3 Companies in Canada are allowed to propagate these plants 1 in B.C., Dentoons in Red Deer A.B. and 1 in Ontario. They sell the plants as plugs to other greenhouses who pot them up and sell them to the public. Their webb site is provenwinners.com It is a controled market.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: The Budding POet
Zone: 4b
Date: 21-Apr-01 02:46 AM EST

As someone in the thread on container plants has made the water a little murky by saying million bells does not self seed let's see if I can clear it up.

The Calibrachoa genus was first introduced to Europe in the early 19th century, around the same time as the introduction of the Petunia genus. However, as petunias took off, Calibrachoa was essentially left behind by horticulturists, probably because of the smaller flower size. Also, Calibrachoa has a less seeds, making production difficult, and in those early days virus-free propagation of vegetative varieties was arduous. Fortunately, propagation techniques have improved lately and consumer interest in small-flowered varieties has grown. This has increased the demand for unique plant varieties, including Calibrachoa.

In 1988, Suntory Ltd. of Japan collected samples of wild Calibrachoa in South America and have since collected and bred dozens of these samples. As a result of Suntory's efforts, the first Million Bells were produced in 1992 under licensed aggreement to Proven Winners. This is an intenational cooperative of some of the worlds best propagators. In some of their promotion they flaunted Calibrachoa as a totaly new species.......NOT. Calibrachoa is a monospecific genus (ie a genus with one species)- integrifolia. About the same time taxonimists saw fit to rename it 'Petunia integrifolia' I guess nobody told Suntory. They produce it by thermally treated tissue culture rather than depending on its sparse and unreliable seeding. If you check the seedex's you should be able to find it. It does produce seed that remains viable for two+ years and is a great plant for hanging baskets. Is that all clear........... or as clear as mud? :)


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Grace
Zone:
Date: 21-Apr-01 02:56 PM EST

Are you saying then, Budding Poet, that we can collect and save the seeds from Million Bells for personal use? I never thought of looking last year. I had one, though it didn't bloom as well as I thought it would. The leaves turned yellowish. Was that from overwatering, underfertilizing or what? I'm not sure which zone I'm in. I'm guessing 2A or 3A. We are in the Barrhead, AB area.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Lori Haley
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Jun-01 11:55 AM EST

Greetings, I'm not sure as to my zone, as the "here", link took me to a blank page, but I live in the Halifax area. I recently bought a beautiful Calibrachoa, AKA Million Bells, Terra Cotta. My problem is, I broke some of the branches off in the car, and am wondering how to propagate them. Can you just stick them in some water, or does this plant need some special care, for propagation of pieces? Thanks in advance. Lori


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Sandra Mitchell
Zone: 3
Date: 15-Jun-01 10:36 AM EST

Just stick them in water Lori. They root very quickly. I have a few dozen this year from one little plant bought last year.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Rosco
Zone: 3
Date: 19-Jun-01 09:30 PM EST

Grace: I'm in Edmonton, Ab and have successfully grown million bells. Yellowish leaves on plants are usually a sign of nitrogen deficiency. For all annuals, except wave (or other aggressive petunias) a weekly application of half-strength 15-30-15 onto MOIST soil should help produce an abundance of blooms & prevent lack of nutrients. Million Bells like a sunny location. Try planting in the ground for a wonderful mounding effect!

Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Rosco
Zone: 3
Date: 20-Jun-01 01:21 AM EST

Grace: I'm in Edmonton, Ab and have successfully grown million bells. Yellowish leaves on plants are usually a sign of nitrogen deficiency. For all annuals, except wave (or other aggressive petunias) a weekly application of half-strength 15-30-15 onto MOIST soil should help produce an abundance of blooms & prevent lack of nutrients. Million Bells like a sunny location. Try planting in the ground for a wonderful mounding effect!

Hope this helps.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Amy
Zone: 5
Date: 20-Jun-01 06:30 PM EST

I am having a major problem with my hanging baskets of million bells, and I'm not sure what the cause is. The majority of the branches and leaves, particularly on the underside, have turned brown & died. The rest of the branches are still flowering, but the plants look hideous. I am wondering if they aren't getting enough sun. They only get afternoon sun, from about 1:30 p.m. on. I can't imagine it's a watering problem, because I've been watering every day, plus it has been humid, and I have soil moist in the baskets. I can't imagine it's a nutrient problem either, because the baskets have food already in them and I've been adding liquid 8-7-6 every time I water. Can anyone solve this?


Subject: RE:
From: Debbie
Zone:
Date: 21-Jun-01 01:49 AM EST

Amy..I think they would be getting enough sun but only water when they have dryed out a bit especially if it humid out. This could be your problem. Cut them back a bit and they will bush up again and feed them with a higher nitrogen then what you have been. If you can pick up some triple 14 fertilizer which is a slow release granular and add this to your baskets as well as kelp.


Subject: RE: MILLION BELLS(CALIBRACHOA)
From: Amy
Zone: 5
Date: 21-Jun-01 10:59 PM EST

Thanks, Debbie. I didn't think I could be overwatering...the excess water runs out so I didn't think it would be a problem. The baskets came with fertilizer in the soil, and the soil moist has fertilizer in it too. I don't know what to do with fertilizer at this point. I think I will try cutting them back & see what happens. I am disappointed however because I thought million bells would be pretty hardy. Every thing I plant in the ground does great, I just can't manage to have success with hanging baskets!!!


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