Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Calibrachoa (kal-ih-bruh-KOE-uh) (Info) Cultivar: Million Bells Terra Cotta Additional cultivar information: (PP11352, Million Bells® series; aka Sunbelkist, Terracotta) Hybridized by Murakami; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998
I have been growing 'Callies', as my garden center calls them, for several years...They are so easy, and yet so beautiful to take care of, no 'dead-heading'.
I have been searching for seed, and just found out on Dave's Garden that they are steril and propagated by cuttings...NOW I know and will search no more. Wish someone had told me that long ago.
On May 30, 2010, GardenSanctuary from Monmouth County, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've been using these plants as annuals in a 'renovating-as-I-go" foundation border, zone 6 - LOVE them! Notoriously bad with fall clean up and slow to start this year brought a pleasant surprise - my Terra Cotta had survived our horrible winter. Absolutely no protection especially since I replant as annuals each year. The other Million Bells in the same border (near and at a distance) did not survive - so go figure!
On Oct 6, 2008, Texasgrower from Palestine, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love this plant. I have two containers that are mounded round and thick. They self clean and are always full. They love water in the heat of summer. A weekly dose of Miracle Grow has kept mine very happy. In the heat summer they do like the afternoon shade, say from 3pm on. I highly recommend them.
On Jul 28, 2008, valdev from Boise, ID (Zone 6b) wrote:
Grew this last year in a large, glazed turquoise container, mixed with bright magenta petunia (Blue Wave), bright red Verbena, orange, pink and red Lantana, and Jasmine (officinale or polyanthum) vine for a combination of super hot colors and sweet scent.
I loved it, and am sad I didn't find Terra Cotta again at any of the 3 stores I usually buy plants. I tried to overwinter the pot, but only the Jasmine, Lantana and Verbena survived.
On May 5, 2008, hymenocallis from Auburn, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
I grew the terra cotta variety in a hanging basket last year and on the recommendation of a friend I sheared the flowers off last November and left it outside during our version if winter. We experinced lows of 20-25 F several times last winter and I had little hope for it. Forward to this spring and it is now blooming its head off and I have planted it outdoors.
Alternatively I repeated the same procedure ( plus additional fertilizer) on a redder version of million belles in the greenhouse and it is beautiful now too.
On Jul 30, 2005, mornin_gayle from Bloomingdale, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Stunning colors. Every visitor comments on it. Very sturdy, survived 70 mph winds and my dog knocking it over twice. Keep well watered, wilts fast, but bounces back quickly. I'll definately buy this one again! I got mine at Lowe's.
On Jul 21, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Quite attractive, plant in rich, well drained potting soil, use high nitrogen fertilizer, slow release once a season or water soluble twice a month.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Heflin, Alabama , Arizona Castro Valley, California Garberville, California Sacramento, California Coral Springs, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Cordele, Georgia North Decatur, Georgia Boise, Idaho Mattoon, Illinois Asbury, Iowa Davenport, Iowa Johnston, Iowa Hebron, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Dearborn Heights, Michigan Flowood, Mississippi Keansburg, New Jersey Candler, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Rocky Mount, North Carolina Sutherlin, Oregon Friedens, Pennsylvania Taylors, South Carolina Brushy Creek, Texas Henderson, Texas Missouri City, Texas Richardson, Texas Richmond, Texas Tyler, Texas Farmington, Utah Jolivue, Virginia Sissonville, West Virginia