All about Million Bells

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Million Bells® is the brand name given to a particular range of trailing petunias with mini flowers.  Million Bells® have been bred to produce branching plants which are neat trailers.  They produce masses of flowers which are about the size of a ten pence piece.  They are not as vigorous as full size trailing Petunias, and a result produce a very neat ball of colour in hanging baskets.  They can also be used in patio containers.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket you will need 5 plug plants.  You can read our step by step guide to planting a hanging basket here.  Be careful of using Million Bells® in mixed baskets with vigorous plants such as Giant Fuchsias or Lobelia, as the Million Bells® will get lost!  Trailing Million Bells® are available in Blue, Fuchsia, Ice White, Red and Yellow.

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From left to right: Million Bells® Trailing Fuchsia, Million Bells® Trailing Ice White, Million Bells® Trailing Yellow

The Mini Famous® range is similar to Million Bells® but has double flowers.  They also look wonderful in hanging baskets, producing a ball of colour.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket use 5 plug plants.

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From left to right, top row: Mini Famous® Double Pink, Mini Famous® Double Dark Red, Mini Famous® Double Yellow. Bottom row: Mini Famous® Double Amethyst

Million Bells® can be difficult to get established as they have fine roots.  Plant the plug plants into small 9 or 10cm pots to allow the roots to establish.  When growing your Million Bells® plugs, be really careful not to overwater them as they will become waterlogged.  Keep the compost moist not soaking wet.  We’ve found that our Million Bells® have grown well when we have added a handful of ericaceous compost into the multipurpose compost.  Once your Million Bells® are ready to plant out in the garden, position them in sun or partial shade.  Feed them weekly whilst in flower with a multipurpose feed.  Watering is best done in the mornings or evenings rather than when the sun is at its strongest, to avoid scorching the leaves.

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