Are 'Million Bells' Petunias? - Knowledgebase Question

Plymouth, IN
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Question by redbarn7
March 6, 2001
I would likd some cultural information on 'Million Bells' (Calibrachoa). I have been finding conflicting information and would like to clear up the confusion. Are they petunias or not?

Answer from NGA
March 6, 2001
Following is information from the Proven Winners web site ( )about 'Million Bells', a Calibrachoa hybrid:

Calibrachoa, an entirely new commercial species developed by Suntory and available to Proven Winners through license from Bear Creek Gardens, Inc., looks very much like a miniature petunia, but it is not. Featuring hundreds of small, petunia-like flowers, Million Bells is a fast-growing, heavy blooming, self-cleaning variety that blooms from
spring through late fall. Million Bells has a low-growing, compact growth habit, and thrives in full sun.

Placement: Bright sunlight
Planting: Use in baskets and window boxes with other cascading Proven Winners or in the landscape. In the landscape plant place as a second tier planting allowing taller plants to accent the Million Bells.
Temperature: Thrives in moderate temperatures. Cold-tolerant to flash freezes of 28 degrees.
Watering: Moist soil. During summer's heat, daily irrigations may be necessary.
Feeding: In the landscape fertilize monthly; in containers every two weeks.
Pruning: None needed however plant may be pruned to shape
Spacing: 8 - 12 inches

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