Would it be possible to grow bellflowers in a tropical region like the Philippines?

Question by unNamed 1: Would it be possible to grow bellflowers in a tropical region like the Philippines?
I’m rather fond of them and I was planning on buying seeds from the internet and growing them here. I know they come from northern hemisphere type climates and I was just wondering if it really was possible to grow them here would I need a special type of soil, equipment or etc.? Tips on how best to grow and care for them would be a great.

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Answer by Kimberly C
The Bellflower is a beautiful flower. Their climate growing ranges from zones three through nine in the United States. Since you are in a tropical location, growing them outdoors may be too hot. You can still grow from seed and pot them and keep them in a cooler environment. In the northern hemisphere, we do alot of this with tropcial plants.

The key to getting the seeds germinated is making sure you have the correct potting soil. A light weight potting soil with no bark is the best type to use. Adding vermiculite and humas is also beneficial to your flowers. Warm to hot water mixed in with the seeds will help the germination process.

I will link you to my landscape artice section as I have an article on growing herbs from seed. This is a standard procedure with herbs and flowers. I will also link you to my site map where it has everything on my website.

I do believe if you germinate the seeds and keep them in a planter or container in a cool area, your Bellflowers will do just fine.

Hope this has helped some and good luck to you. If you need any other information, please feel free to contact me at the website. Have a great day!



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  1. I live in the southern tier of states in the US, and Bellflowers of the typical Campanula genus will not even do well here. Zone 9 is written by the seed companies on the seedpack, but that is just salestalk. Zone 7 with humidity is even a stretch for them. A combination of heat and humidity kills them.
    Its still a longshot, but I think you would have better success with Adenophora, the Lady Bells, a very similar plant that stands more heat and humidity. It will live in the midsouth but not Florida, and also lives in Southern California. Its downfall is that if it find conditions it likes, it tends to take over. But I think in less-than-perfect conditions it should be controllable, though.
    Another Campanula relative, with which you will have an even better chance of success in the Phillipines, is Platycodon, the Balloonflower. The taller versions are in fact very simillar to Bellflowers. They live in Tampa, Florida and north from there, but don’t do well in tropical Miami, nor in the very tip of southern Texas.
    There is an obscure relative of the Bellflowers native to the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa, but I have never seen one in real life and I doubt if you can find one in your part of the world either. (Canarina campanula is the scientific name.)
    Your very best bet, however, is the Gloxinia perennis, not in the Campanula family at all, but in the African Violet family. Their common name is even Canterbury Bells! They are extremely beautiful, perfect for a tropical climate, and even prettier than the true Campanulas, in my opinion.