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Author Topic: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?  (Read 2490 times)

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Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« on: February 22, 2015, 06:08:21 PM »
Obviously, I am new to the forum  :D

I was wondering which, if any member of Campanula and related genra can thrive with a low pH. Casual research seems to suggest that most prefer lime. Hopefully I am wrong.

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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 06:22:44 PM »
Welcome YakubSigm!

While it may be true that some Campanulas prefer some lime in the soil, there are some that seem quite happy in a soil that is  slightly acid.

C. nitida  and forma Alba
C. cochlearifolia
C. pulla (  or should that be pulloides ?)
C. carpatica
C. wockii 'Puck'
C. betulaefolia         are a few I can think of which will grow in a slighty acid soil here in NE Scotland. .....
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 06:34:14 PM »
Thanks!

From what I know about European climes, our climates should be similar. Rotundifolia is quite acid tolerant, too.

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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2015, 06:39:53 PM »
Oh yes- I should have remembered C. rotundifolia!

Where in the USA are you?
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 06:43:13 PM »

Atlantic coast, Staten Island- very coastal compared to NYC climate. Zone 7b-ish. This winter was a lot colder than it used to be...

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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2015, 07:10:42 PM »
Yes, we've been seeing the weather that's been hitting you guys. Brrrrr!
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2015, 08:48:43 PM »
We can suffer together!

Thanks for your campanula suggestions. I will try to source them

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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2015, 05:17:20 PM »
in my opinion Campanula barbata needs acid soil...i lost all my barbata plants in my garden beside one seedling, germinated accidentally in an old wooden beam (oak).
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2015, 10:29:41 PM »
They (Campanula barbata) seem to do okay here in alkaline soil (pH 8 ).  I grew them from seed in 2005 and still have the same plants.
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2015, 10:42:17 PM »
Campanula patula will grown in acid soil. It's a lovely thing and seeds around gently and in a pleasing fashion.
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 08:09:06 AM »
They (Campanula barbata) seem to do okay here in alkaline soil (pH 8 ).  I grew them from seed in 2005 and still have the same plants.

hm...in the german wikipedia Campanula barbata is said to be a lime-fleeing species (sorry my english is too bad, hope you understand what i mean) and this was my experience in my garden too. even a normal humus-rich soil, of course without lime, wasn't good enough to establish this species. maybe i'll try again this nice Campanula, but then in a peaty soil mixed with a bit sand.
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Re: Campanula that will grow in ericaceous soil ?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2015, 07:33:11 PM »
Update for everyone:
Plant World Seeds has quite a few on the list. Obviously, I am going to try them...  ;)

Now to renovate my "rock garden"
Thanks for all the help!

 


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