|Calibrachoa Calibrachoa hybrid 'Mini Famous Double Amethyst'|
Common Name: Calibrachoa Mini Famous Double Amethyst'
Common Alternative: Million Bells
Calibrachoa Mini Famous Double Amethyst'
Calibrachoa Mini Famous is a great plant to add to any floral environment. Create beautiful combinations, accent window boxes and hanging baskets, or border your flower gardens with the many striking colors of trailing Mini Famous series. Mini Famous Double Amethyst beautiful double flowers are lavender in color. It has a spread of 10-15 inches, requiring a space of 8-10 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 6-10 inches. The ability to thrive in full of part sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand-alone make it a great choice for any home or garden.
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips
As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Healthy Calibrachoa Mini Famous should be sturdy at 6-10 inches tall with a 10-15 inch spread. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich green foliage and healthy vibrant flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.
After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. The Calibrachoa Mini Famous is a full sun annual that tolerates the heat well. The best time for planting your flower is mid spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plants outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Mini Famous will last from late spring, through the summer, until the end of fall.
Calibrachoa Mini Famous is a low maintenance plant that does not require deadheading. Fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. The Mini Famous series is also drought tolerant, but should be watered a few times a week for best plant health. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant's main stem, avoiding wetting the plants foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.
Another great feature of Calibrachoa Mini Famous is their bloom production. These trailing beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well-shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1-2 weeks. These plants bloom better late in the season if they are lightly cut back in late summer.
Because Calibrachoa Mini Famous are trailing plants, pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created under their foliage. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the planting are holes where such pests can live. Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Mini Famous plants, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.
The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plants leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.
Calibrachoa Mini Famous is floriferous and stands up well to heat, wind, and rain. This variety has a semi-trailing or cascading habit. The Mini Famous series produce an explosion of colorful blooms all season. They are warm season, tender perennials that look like miniature petunias, but their funnel-shaped flowers are smaller and less radical. There are many color variants and some cultivars in the series are double.
Calibrachoa Mini Famous is a trailing plant, featuring a range of many different luminous colors. It is commonly used in container combinations and hanging baskets as a spiller, for mass planting, as a border or edging crop, in window boxes, or as ground cover. Key features of this variety include full sun exposure, no deadheading required, heat tolerance, and frost tolerance.
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