Unusual 'balloon-like' buds open into beautiful blooms
Beautiful open, delicately veined blooms sit above attractive blue-green foliage. Delightfully versatile subjects for the perennial border and extremely good for pots or as cutflowers. Some plants may flower in the first year.
Balloon flower is an upright herbaceous perennial native to eastern Asia. The blue, violet, white, or purple bell-shaped flowers (and their bloated buds) appear through summer atop stems clad with paired or whorled blue-green leaves. The stems bleed a milky sap when cut.
For best growth, plant this perennial in full to part sun and fertile, well drained soil. Plants emerge late in spring so it is best to mark their place. Deadhead to promote extended bloom.
This long-lived perennial works well in mixed borders and cottage gardens. It makes a fine cut flower.
Info source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/platycodon-grandiflorus/
Genus - Platycodon
Species - Grandiflorus
Variety - Mixed
Common name - Balloon Flower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 0,15 - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,20 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - acid, neutral
Soil type - Loam, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
Bloom season - May - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink, white, blue
Sow seeds from January to April in trays of seed compost.
Sow thinly, cover lightly with a fine layer of compost. Firm gently, keep moist.
Cover tray with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
Keep at +15-20C.
Germination in 14-28 days.
Remove cover then seedlings appear.
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