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🌻 Plant Care Guide For Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

🪴   Intermediate

Botanical Name: mertensia virginica

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Virginia Bluebells

Botanical Name: mertensia virginica

Medium Water



🪴   Intermediate

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📚 Virginia Bluebells Care Guide

Virginia Bluebells a herbaceous perennial with blue, bell-shaped flowers. A georgeous clusters of blue and purple flowers opens in spring that will last for 3 weeks, then disappears for the rest of the year. Both flowers and leaves are edible and can be added to salads or a stir-fry. Often called America's most beloved wildflowers. This plant is easy to grow and perfect in woodsy area or containers, and they self-seed and multiply.
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💧️ Water - Medium Water
Moderate Water Needs
Virginia Bluebells requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Virginia Bluebells receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Virginia Bluebells.

Pot selection is also important to keep your Virginia Bluebells from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepVirginia Bluebells from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing Virginia Bluebells outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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☀️ Light - Bright
Bright Indirect Light or Partial Sun
Virginia Bluebells can grow in bright indirect light which means it prefers at least 4-6 hours of diffused natural light (ideally 6 hours).
Growing Outdoors
When plants thrive in bright, indirect light only this means that you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unlessVirginia Bluebells is also explicitly noted to tolerate direct sunlight.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Virginia Bluebells in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.
Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade. You can also consider placing a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf gscorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.

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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

Virginia Bluebells is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where Virginia Bluebells is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.

Zone 3A
-40 to -35 F
Zone 3B
-35 to -30 F
Zone 4A
-30 to -25 F
Zone 4B
-25 to -20 F
Zone 5A
-20 to -15 F
Zone 5B
-15 to -10 F
Zone 6A
-10 to -05 F
Zone 6B
-05 to 0 F
Zone 7A
0 to 5 F
Zone 7B
5 to 10 F
Zone 8A
10 to 15 F
Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 9A
20 to 25 F
Zone 9B
25 to 30 F
Zone 3A
Zone 3 has very cold temperatures opposed to other zones making it more challenging to garden outdoors. Unfortunately, this zone has one of the shorter growing seasons spanning from late Spring to early Fall. You will likely need to sow seeds and grow seedlings indoors. You can also consider gettinga greenhouse to grow food year round.
First Frost:
First frost for Zone 3B is typically mid-September, but can extend into the first week of October.

Last Frost:
Last frost for Zone 3B is typically mid-May, but can extend into first week of June.
States Included In This Zone:
New Hampshire
New York
North Dakota
South Dakota
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