Rabbit bells reproduce on their own. We will explain how you can contain the natural multiplication and how you can multiply the rabbit bells in a controlled manner.© Wiltrud - Fotolia.com
If you are looking for a bright harbinger of spring for your garden, which opens the warmer seasons with its blossom and enchants with beautiful colors and a blooming, lush green, you often rely on the bunny bell (Hyacinthoides). The plant, which grows up to 40cm tall, is very popular as a spring messenger in addition to the tulip or daffodil and is characterized, among other things, by the bell-shaped collections of flowers that can cover large areas of grass in the garden. If you like this plant and want to keep it in even more areas of the garden because of its easy-care properties, you can easily increase it - we would like to describe in the following paragraphs.
Hasenglöckhen - important properties
Although the rabbit bell looks very cute and dainty, the plant is a bit mean: it can irritate and irritate the skin when touched or, for example, when the flowers are cut off, as if you were allergic to the crop. This is due to the sometimes even toxic ingredients of the plant, which can even cause vomiting, dizziness and cramps when consumed and are therefore in no way edible. Although the rabbit bell is a very easy to care for, many things have to be taken into account when caring for it - for example, that the onion does not benefit the plant well.
More facts about the bunny bell
- Flowers can be pink, blue or white in color
- the plant smells very delicate and fresh during flowering
- it is a herbaceous plant with thin long leaves that taper to a point
- is ideally planted in autumn
- can be kept both in the flowerpot and in the garden
- yearns for a lot of light, but no strong sun
- Soil should be damp, but not too wet
- Plant thrives particularly well under woody plants
The good thing about the plant is that it does not need any fertilizer, nor does it need to be cut or wintered in a special way - so the gardener has very little work with it. For example, the leaves from the last flowering season are enough to get enough nutrients to grow in the next spring - fertilizer can therefore be left out entirely or only added in the form of compost.
Multiply rabbit bells
Actually, owners of the bunny bell think less of the propagation of the plant by hand - and there is a good reason for that. Because anyone who has observed and cared for them for a few years knows that the rabbit bell reproduces very well on its own and, under ideal conditions, often spreads so much that gardeners want to stop them. The plant creates this through its capsule fruits, which are the seeds of the plant. When flowering is complete, the seeds spread very easily in the area and thrive very quickly in the next spring. So it can happen that the bunny bell occupies entire lawn areas or parts of the garden, although this may not have been planned.
If you want to prevent this rapid and rather uncontrolled reproduction, the flowers of the plant should be cut off in good time after the flowering period. In this way, the seeds are not distributed, so that the plant can only multiply via daughter onions. However, this process is far from rapid and only affects the space directly next to the mother plant - while the seeds can theoretically be distributed throughout the garden if the conditions are favorable.
Multiply rabbit bells yourself
If you want to multiply the bunny bell at planned locations and spread it out in various garden areas, you can do this in two ways:
- Sowing the collected or bought seeds
- Multiply by dividing the onions
In both cases, sowing should take place in autumn or at least late summer so that the plant can grow and prosper in spring. However, you should know that the plants often start to flower after the second or third year of growth, so that you cannot count on the flowers and the delicate fragrance of the plant in the first spring.
❶ Rabbit bells multiply through seeds
If you have collected or bought seeds from the rabbit jar, you can sow them directly in the garden. This happens at best in autumn, as they are then exposed to a cold period that can only enable growth in spring. The condition for successful propagation is that the seeds feel very comfortable in their place of sowing. It should be light and humid here, but not too wet and hot. Therefore, it is usually worth spreading the seeds where there are hedges or other trees and where the seeds also get a little shade.
❷ Bunny bells multiply by division
Over time, the bulbs of the rabbit bells develop daughter onions that grow and thrive directly on the mother plant. If you want to multiply the bunny bell by dividing it, you have to separate the onions. This happens at best in autumn, when the foliage of the plant is already yellow and withered. First dig the whole plant out of the ground and then carefully lift it out. It is better to wear gloves to protect yourself against various irritations of the plant on the skin and to not accidentally transfer its substances to the mucous membranes, such as the nose. You separate the mother and the onion with a sharp knife from each other and then plant both of them again. The daughter plant is now to be treated in exactly the same way as the already grown rabbit bells are already being cared for.
If you want to multiply the bunny bell by division, you should already concentrate on planting the mother plants when planting them where the onion can develop undisturbed. For the most part, the soil should be left alone and the plant should be on its own to develop daughter onions in the first place.