Illusion, also known as Million Bells or Trailing Petunia, is a flowering plant native to South America. Perennial in zone 10-11, Calibrachoa is typically grown as an annual that's particularly well-suited to hanging baskets and containers. Westhoff developed Illusion for its attractive high-contrast colors. This cultivar has a mounding habit of 6-12" tall and 12-24" wide with prolific trumpet-shaped pink flowers with magenta to blue to yellow centers from spring through late fall. Bring whimsical color to a front porch or patio with Illusion in hanging baskets, mixed containers, or window boxes. This plant attracts hummingbirds and requires only regular water to flourish in full sun. For a compact variety, try Colibri Pink Bling.
Illusion Selling Tips
Sell Illusion to customers looking for an annual flowering plant for a mixed container or hanging basket. Hummingbirds and customers love the bountiful unique flowers on this early-blooming Calibrachoa cultivar. This plant flourishes in full sun with daily water, blooming from spring until frost. Vibrant contrast is a focal point for porches, patios, and window boxes. Grow Illusion in mixed containers with Dracula or Verbena, Angelonia, Coleus, Heuchera, and Lantana.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 12-18" apart in well-drained soil in full sun.
2. Water daily to keep the soil moist and never allow the soil to dry out completely.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Illusion, plant one rooted plug per 4-inch container or three per 10-inch basket. Use a well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-6.0, EC of 0.6-0.9, medium feed (200-250 ppm N), and temperatures of 64-75 daytime and 52-62 nighttime. You may see mites, whiteflies, aphids, and leafminers, and this plant can be prone to botrytis, root rot, and powdery mildew. Pinch once if desired and apply a spray of B-Nine one to three times in low-light conditions.
Pink flowers have magenta to blue to yellow centers and bloom from spring through fall.
Pinch once if desired.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base of each plant.
This plant doesn't require PGRs with sufficient light. In low-light conditions, use one to three sprays of B-Nine.
You may see mites, whiteflies, aphids, and leafminers.
This plant can be prone to botrytis, powdery mildew, and root rot when the days are short or in wet, humid conditions. Calibrachoa needs adequate moisture to grow, but keep it on the dry side in the greenhouse to avoid root rot. Water at the base of each plant in the morning and again in the afternoon if needed. Do not water at night. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse and allow sunlight to penetrate to the soil level of each plant by giving enough space between containers. We recommend using horizontal airflow fans.
Planting Illusion Liners
We recommend planting one rooted liner per 4-inch container or three to four per 10-inch basket. Use a well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot centered or evenly spaced in the container.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Calibrachoa Illusion Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||7-11 Weeks|
|10 Inch crop time||12-14 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Color||Pink, Magenta, Blue, Yellow|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 10-11|