Lemon Slice dazzles in dramatic fashion with these
past couple of years it seems one calibrachoa has been
like a piece of heaven to the world of gardening and
that is the Superbells Lemon Slice. This little
petunia-like flower of iridescent yellow and white seems
to make all companion flowers look better and yet as a
monoculture plant it can stand alone, too.
have been out for years, and the colors and color
combinations have been breathtaking beyond belief which
makes the simple design of Lemon Slice amazing when it
comes to consumer love. Itís not just consumers
either; we are talking awards, pages of them and from
Georgia to Massachusetts.
Slice stopped me in my tracks when I saw it at UGA
Trials in Athens in 2012. The fact that it has won so
many awards and still quickly sells out itís a
testament to both the beauty and perseverance of this
little petunia relative of South America origin. It will
bloom all season profusely.
I have had good luck growing them in raised beds rich in
organic-matter I have to admit that the most dazzling
performances have come from them being grown in baskets,
containers and window boxes. They are amazing against a
purple or blue Supertunia.
seems like it was just yesterday that we all started out
with Million Bells and now each seed company seems to
have dozens of calibrachoas to choose from. Why so many
you might ask? The answer is quite simple, they bloom
their hearts out for you, and the Superbells is among
I am touting Lemon Slice and deservedly so, Superbells
Grape Punch and Superbells Cherry Star are equally as
delightful. They all will need plenty of sun to bloom to
their potential. Even more important, is that you
provide good drainage. This is the place to get a
potting soil that is fluffy and lightweight.
planting in the soil make sure you have done the best
you can on soil improvement and drainage. Wet feet
spells doom for this little workhorse. Lastly, if you
buy a ready-made basket, make sure it drains too. This
is not a problem with coconut coir lined baskets, but
the plastic versions sometimes get clogged.
the Superbells calibrahoa is such a prolific bloomer, it
is counting on you to keep it fed. During the warm
growing season, containers are watered on a regular
daily regimen thereby leaching out the nutrients. I like
to use a-dilute water soluble 20-20-20 at least once a
week. By dilute I mean about 1 tablespoon per gallon of
is here, and the Superbells calibrachoas represent some
of the buys for your gardening dollar. Youíll know
Lemon Slice when you see it, better grab it because
tomorrow it will be gone and your neighbor will have it.