Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

Caring for rabbit bells - watering is particularly important


Once you have planted a bunny bell, you hardly have to worry about the bulb flower. Only the water requirement should be kept in mind.

The rabbit bell (Hyacinthoides) is a very well-known plant that is considered a harbinger of spring and can be found alongside tulips and daffodils during this time. Because of its attractive flowers and a pleasant fragrance, the plant is very popular with hobby gardeners, this is reinforced by the simple care of the bulb flower, which itself makes little demands on the environment and holder. We would like to describe what you need to know about the plant and what to keep in mind when it comes to rabbit bells.

Bunny bell - small profile

At first, many people think of the rabbit bell as a small, harmless plant that only blooms in spring and announces the returning, warmer temperatures. But there is a lot more to the cute-looking plant than just the quality of the spring messenger. The plant forms calyx flowers arranged in a grape-like manner, which can be of different colors and are available in various types.

The plant also produces capsule fruits - but they should be used with caution. Because when consumed, they can cause complaints because they are considered toxic. So if you want to avoid cramps and vomiting or similar symptoms, do not try to eat the components of the rabbit bells. Skin and mucous membrane contact should also be avoided if possible, because the rabbit bells are known to be irritating and irritating. So behind the small and harmless plant there are not only very nice properties. Otherwise, a height of up to 40 cm can be expected. The plant hibernates with the onion in the ground, which can also multiply by division.

Advantages and disadvantages in terms of care

benefitsBach parts
✔ fairly easy to maintain and maintain
✔ does not make many demands on the soil, location, etc.
✔ can grow well especially under wood
✔ spreads by itself very quickly, so that propagation is hardly necessary
✔ hibernates on its own when planted in the garden
✔ with one of the first flowering plants in the year
✘ not suitable for consumption, can cause health problems
✘ can irritate the skin
Propagation often has to be curbed if the plant is not to spread everywhere
PflanzeThe plant does not tolerate dryness and excessive sunlight
✘ Rabbit bells planted in a flowerpot need to be wrapped with fleece or brushwood for the winter so that the onion can make it through the winter

What you need to know about care

The rabbit bell is only moderately well tolerated by direct sunlight in the midday heat - so it should be planted where possible, where it receives a lot of light, but not too much dryness and also sufficient penumbra. Soil dryness of the ground is also to be avoided in any case, rather the little plant likes it to be a little more moist. If you take these two important factors into account, there is basically not much you can do wrong when caring for the plant.

Pouring bunny bells - how much water?

For the bunny bell, the bottom should be a little too damp rather than too dry. Dry soil and a lot of heat, for example due to the strong midday sun, dry out the onion, which can damage the plant or cause it to die. Therefore bought bulbs should be planted immediately, not only after a few days. However, the soil must not be too wet, so that water cannot collect around the onion - this waterlogging could rot the onion. So it is important to find the right middle way when watering to offer the right thing to the plant. Moderate watering is perfect on a well-drained soil - and always when the top layer of soil no longer appears moist. Especially in spring the rabbit bell needs a lot of moisture to be able to unfold its splendor and to develop the many calyxes or flower bells.

Does the bunny bell need to be fertilized?

As a rule, the bunny bell is planted in a soil in which nutrients are already available. The plant, which is up to 40cm high, does not need fertilizer. However, if you want to fertilize or mulch a little, you can do this moderately in spring until flowering - after that, fertilizer should be completely avoided. Compost is usually more suitable for bunny bells than liquid fertilizer - because compost continuously releases a small amount of nutrients around the onion instead of pouring nutrients over it and possibly minimizing flowering.

Do you have to cut the bunny bell?

In this regard, too, no special care is needed for the bunny bell. Above all, the leaves of the herb family should not be cut, as they will be used by the onion as a source of nutrients next spring, making fertilization just as unnecessary. However, you may have to separate the flower stalks if necessary, but only if you want to avoid the rapid multiplication of the bunny bell. If you separate the flowers in good time, they do not lose their seeds, so that they in turn do not germinate in the soil and can occupy entire garden areas. If the rabbit bell has taken up enough space in the garden, this cut should be carried out annually - when the flower has developed and is almost finished.

If you do not want to harm the plant in the lawn, you should also avoid mowing the leaves - at least until they have turned yellow and look completely wilted after flowering.

What does the rabbit bell need for the winter?

If the rabbit bell onion was planted in the garden, it does not need any help for the winter. The onion manages to withstand frost and cold temperatures deep in the ground and covered by its leaves. However, if the plant was placed in a flowerpot and should remain outdoors in winter, it is necessary to wrap the flowerpot with fleece or the like and, if possible, to cover the soil with brushwood and twigs. This provides a layer of heat that keeps most of the cold out and therefore protects the onion from damage. However, the plant does not have to come into the house for the winter, so that you save a lot of work here too.