California Bluebell Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About California Bluebell
The bell-shaped flowers are intensely blue and very attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It's stunning as it forms masses of cobalt blue color in meadows, along roadsides, and informal gardens. As the name suggests, it is native to California, and it does well in dessert conditions, so it's also called Dessert Bluebell.
Directly sow California Bluebell seeds in the garden in the early spring prior to the end of frost season, or in the late fall once there's been a killing frost.
California Bluebell plants thrive in full sun and in sandy soil. But the plants can adjust to different types of soil as long as it drains well.
How to Plant California Bluebells
- Prepare the soil by weeding and working the top several inches
- Add compost to improve drainage
- Scatter the flower seeds on the soil and press them in
- Cover the seeds lightly with soil
- Moisten the area and keep moist for germination
- Thin to the strongest plant every 6 inches apart
Care And Maintenance
- Irrigate regularly to help the plants establish
- Once the plants reach about 6 inches in height, water occasionally
- If the area is windy, the taller plants may need some support
- The plants are very low maintenance
- California Bluebells self-sow liberally