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How to Grow Bluebells: A Beginner’s Guide to Planting, Care, and Varieties

by Gregory
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How to Grow Bluebells: A Guide for Beginners

What are Bluebells?

Bluebells are beautiful spring-blooming flowers native to the British Isles. They are known for their bell-shaped flowers that bloom in shades of blue, purple, and pink. Bluebells are a popular choice for gardeners because they are easy to grow and add a touch of color to the garden in early spring.

Types of Bluebells

There are three main types of bluebells:

  • English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta): The native bluebell of the UK, with dark blue, nodding flowers and a delicate fragrance.
  • Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica): A larger bluebell with more open flowers and blue pollen.
  • Hybrid bluebell (Hyacinthoides x massartiana): A mix of British and Spanish bluebells, with characteristics of both parent varieties.

How to Grow Bluebells

Bluebells are easy to grow in the right conditions. They prefer moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. They can also tolerate some sun, but they will bloom best in shade.

To plant bluebells, dig a hole about 10cm deep and 10cm wide. Place the bulb in the hole and cover it with soil. Water the bulb well and keep the soil moist.

Bluebells can also be grown from seed. However, it is important to note that bluebell seeds can take several months to germinate. To sow bluebell seeds, scatter them on the surface of moist soil and cover them with a thin layer of compost. Keep the soil moist and the seeds will germinate in a few weeks.

How to Care for Bluebells

Once your bluebells have been planted, they are relatively low-maintenance. Here are a few tips for caring for bluebells:

  • Water your bluebells regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Fertilize your bluebells once a year in the spring.
  • Remove faded flower spikes to prevent the plant from spreading.
  • Avoid mowing the grass while bluebell foliage is dying down, to ensure good flowers next year.

Problems with Bluebells

Bluebells are generally pest and disease free. However, there are a few problems that you may encounter:

  • Hybridisation: Spanish bluebells and hybrid bluebells can hybridize with the native English bluebell. This can lead to the loss of the native bluebell.
  • Spanish bluebells: Spanish bluebells are more difficult to remove once they have established. If you want to remove Spanish bluebells, you will likely have to make several attempts.

Bluebell Varieties

There are many different varieties of bluebells available. Some of the most popular varieties include:

  • ‘Blue Giant’: A tall bluebell with large, dark blue flowers.
  • ‘Pink Sensation’: A pink-flowered bluebell.
  • ‘White Star’: A white-flowered bluebell.


Bluebells are a beautiful and easy-to-grow addition to any garden. With a little care, they will bloom for many years to come.

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