Balloon Flower

A great cousin of the campanula.
Common name : Balloon Flower
Scientific name : Platycodon spp.
Family : Campanulaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Sun loving
Sun loving
Platycodon grandiflorus -the balloon flower - is the only species in the of the genus Platycodon, of the family Campanulaceae native to East Asia. It is an herbaceous flowering perennial plant growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall with dark green leaves and blue flowers with five petals fused together into a bell shape, blooming in late summer.

Sowing & planting

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 1 - 60
pH 6 - 7

Plant my balloon flower

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my balloon flower

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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