It’s not called million bells for nothing, but there’s much more to this highly sought after plant than meets the eye. Once described as a mini petunia on steroids, Calibrachoa ‘Calitastic’ sets the new bar for grower expectations, offering not just very early flowers, but masses and masses of them on one plant.
Calibrachoa ‘Calitastic’ grows at an amazing rate and has an uncanny knack of displaying the flowers, all flowering at the same time, making it the number one choice for summer pots and containers. Calibrachoa ‘Calitastic’ flowers in low light levels and will continue to flower throughout the summer. Their upright-mounded habit makes them perfect for patio containers and hanging baskets and the flowering stems look like they are spilling over the edges softening the look of your planters and filling the void with spectacular colour. These plants are also ideal for the front of a border where the colourful flowers will spill over onto the path or patio.
For the best value, buy small, plug plants that you can grow on in a frost-free place to establish before they are ready to plant outside.
- Pot them up into small 9cm pots using a quality potting compost. Keep them frost free, ideally in a greenhouse until they are ready to plant outside.
- Allow the roots to fill the pots and then plant out into containers to allow them to establish before placing outside.
- Prepare your containers and baskets before planting. Use Richard Jackson’s Premium Multi Purpose Compost for the best possible results. It enhances drainage and root development and is enriched with Flower Power nutrients, extra wetting agent, Root Booster humates and seaweed extract to give your plants a great start to the season.
- Feed regularly throughout the growing season with Flower Power to get the very best from your plants and masses more flowers.
- Calibrachoa are sun-loving plants that are usually grown as annuals. Choose a sunny place to grow them for the best results.
- Keep them well watered in hot sunny weather, but don’t overwater when the weather is cooler.
Buy Calibrachoa ‘Calitastic’ on Richard Jackson’s QVC gardening show on 28 and 29 January 2017.