The English Bluebell is probably Britain’s favourite wildflower. Over contemporary years there was much talk of the Spanish Bluebell and it taking over and killing off our native English Bluebell; this can be a very genuine threat as our native English Bluebell will indeed readily cross pollinate and hybridise. Here we provide the chance to fight back with our seed ! The plants will start to flower in their fourth year and from then on will have to start to self seed and gradually form the traditional ‘carpet’ as can also be seen on the floors of many ancient woodlands. The profuse late Spring bloom is the just reward for protecting and restoring this cherished wildflower. Tolerates most soils. Prefer a partial shade position, ideally under deciduous trees or shrubs as this will mimic their natural habitat where in Spring the good supply of light (as there’s no foliage cover on the trees) will allow strong Spring growth while later in the year the shade will allow the bulbs to swell underground. Bluebells will not on the other hand tolerate deep shade. Sow in open ground in semi shade or in seed trays. Gently scarify the soil and sow on top Sowing is best undertaken from late Summer onwards; frost or snow following sowing aids germination. Keep away from heated propagators as this native plants needs cool conditions.
Genuine British Bluebells
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