Spanish bluebells

efeuerApril 17, 2013

I am trying to reclaim a long neglected woodsy garden. It was badly overgrown with vines and weed trees, and last summer I chopped off the vines and thinned out some of the trees. This spring, I discovered a long neglected stand of Spanish bluebells. They have been blooming so little over the past years, that I had forgotten all about them. There is a lot of vegetative growth, however, and they have spread quite nicely. Is there anything I can do to encourage more bloom? Should I expect that they will bloom better now that some of the shade has been removed?

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I would think so. They like partial shade, but don't do as well in full shade.

You might give them a topdressing of compost or manure too. And of course, if the clumps are really big, they might appreciate being divided.

I know some parts of the country consider them to be invasive, but I dearly love them and have not found that to be the case here.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 4:28PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Now that they have more light, likely they'll do fine on your own.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 11:09PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

Yes, they are considered invasive in many areas, now. Depending on where they are growing, they tend to be vigorous and crowd out the native plants such as bloodroot, trilliums, and others.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:01AM
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