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Thought they would make nice hanging baskets - Calibrachoa
« on: January 21, 2011, 19:42:15 PM »
Calibrachoa - a relative of the petunia

I found some of these seedlings in the nursery and thought they would make nice hanging baskets










They proved to be delicious. The blooms are semi double and 2cm in diameter - I've been busy with the paintbrush

but so far have had no success in fertilizing them - I desperately would like some seeds.

Where are those little bees when you need them  ???
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 21:48:47 PM »
Beautiful Abby!

I just love those colours.....are they those small petunias??
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 08:45:42 AM »
Ahhhh that mix of purple and yellow  :love:
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 13:22:20 PM »
Beautiful Abby!

I just love those colours.....are they those small petunias??

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I bought them as miniature petunias - which by their size they are. I just hope they are not sterile  ??? But then how would they grow them. I will have to get out my magnifying glass to try to sort them out.

Thanks Kareen (twice)  ;)
I did not think I was the only one who thought they were so adorable.

Was rather hoping that someone else had some experience with them to give me a few tips. Maybe I should plant them in ground to give them a possiblity to seed as I imagine the seed would be miniscule going by the normal size petunia.
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 18:03:26 PM »

     Hi Abby,
     Those look just like Calibrachoa, and they are the first doubles I have seen.  We grow them every summer, in hanging baskets just like yours, and we love them!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 19:04:45 PM »
Oh dear - annuals?  I swore to myself that I'm not planting any more annuals - but if I could get those colours I think the other half of my split-personality would grow them....
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2011, 01:19:56 AM »
Thanks for that Mike

How do these little perennials multiply ?  Do they make seeds ???

I just read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calibrachoa - it suggests to propagate from tip cuttings

Have you more info on that  ???
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2011, 01:29:37 AM »

     Abby,
     I am no help. :-[  In the spring we buy starts in 4 inch pots, and grow them until the frost kills them.  I don't have the facilities, patience or skill to propagate annuals.
     
     Rena,
     I remember making just such an oath, but annuals are soooooo tempting.  Now I compromise, and grow a mix of annuals and perennials, and Calibrachoa is one of my favorites.

     Mike
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2011, 01:35:29 AM »
Mike  :)
Maybe I should take a lesson from you but just cannot resist a challenge - What if they are not available next year ???
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 01:57:11 AM »

     Abby,
     I would not worry about availability, new lines are being introduced each year, and everyone just loves "miniature petunias!"  If you are really concerned, you could always start a few tip cuttings, or even air-layer a stem or two, and see how they go.  I hope our local nurseries have those excellent doubles, like the ones you posted, this coming summer.

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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 06:16:33 AM »
Mike
I've seen a US website where they were selling seeds for yellow double Calibrachoa
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 08:03:56 AM »
Will these little beauties also grow in the shade?  My hanging baskets are under our car porch.

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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 09:42:49 AM »
Adri  :)
I hope Mike replies who appears to have considerable experience with them

This is what I found on the Tesalaar Nursery page

"Calibrachoa
Botanical name: Calibrachoa hybrids (say 'Kal-i-bra-koa')
Family: Solanaceae
Plant type: Evergreen ground cover.
Plant size: 20cm tall x 70cm spread
Depth & spacing: Plant 70-80cm apart at the same depth as in the pot.
Watering: For best results, keep moist during the hotter seasons.
Frost tolerances: Protect from severe frosts.
Flowering time: Late Spr-early Aut.
Preferred soil: Free draining & fertile.
Preferred aspect: Full sun. Part shade in a warmer climate.
Ideal climates: Temperate to cool.
Pruning: Trim lightly at the end of the flowering period to encourage fresh growth.
Fertilising: Feed annually in early Spring with a general purpose fertiliser.
Uses & comments: The ground cover puts on a wonderfully dazzling display
of colour."
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2011, 02:58:43 AM »

     Adri,
     We grow them in full sun, which is very hot and intense.  I have never tried them in shade.

     Abby,
     Thanks for the info. :) 
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Re: Thought they would make nice hanging baskets
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2011, 08:43:15 AM »
Thank you Abby and Mike for the info.
Will look for something else that is colourful for the hanging baskets.  Mine look a bit dull now.
These are photos of it a while back :


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