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Growing Cathedral Bells Flower Plants


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Cathedral Bells are very popular plants in home gardens. They also look great in hanging baskets. The large, bell-shaped flowers will bloom from summer to fall. Colors include white, pink, rose, orange, and violet. Young flowers are musk scented, and mature flowers take on a honey scent.

Cathedral Bells are climbers. Some varieties can grow over 20 feet in a season, if supported by a trellis or a fence. Some people grow them in planters on balconies and decks, and let them trail down the outside of the deck fence. They are also popular in hanging baskets.

Cathedral Bells attract hummingbirds.

Did you Know? Cathedral Bells flower seed packets are by far the most popular flower wedding and bridal favors.



Cathedral Bells are grown from seeds. They require a long growing period. An indoor start is recommended for northern areas of the country. In areas with a long growing season, Cathedral Bells can be directly seeded into your flower garden.

Sow Cathedral Bell seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/8" soil. Keep the soil moist during germination. They germinate in 10 to 14 days, or longer. We recommend heated germination mats for faster germination.

Transplant Cathedral Bell plants into your garden, after the last frost date for your area. Space plants 8-10" apart. Provide something for them to grow on for maximum growth potential. The plants tolerate a little crowding. If growing in hanging planters, space them a little closer.


How to Grow Cathedral Bell Flowers:

Cathedral Bells will grow in a variety of soils. For maximum growth potential, provide a rich soil with plenty of organic matter. Soil should drain well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Cathedral Bells are established, they should grow well and vine out at a fast pace. Watering during during dry periods is important to sustain fast growth and big, bright blooms.

Cathedral Bells are annuals. They succumb to frost and freezes.


Insect and Disease:

Cathedral Bells seldom have problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.


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