Platycodon grandiflora--Balloon Flower

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Platycodon grandiflora--Balloon Flower

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Balloon flower flower buds puff up before opening. The blue or white flowers are produced in July and August. The plant is slow to start growth in the spring, but once growing reaches a height of about 3 feet. Stake the plants before they are flowering size as once they fall over, they usually break when straightened. Balloon flower grows best in full sun and once established does not like to be disturbed. Winter protection is suggested. The plant is a source of cut flowers.

The seed germinates in 2 to 3 weeks at temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees and is the preferred method of propagation. Light is necessary for seed germination. Division may be done in spring but the roots are thick and division must be done carefully. Set the crown one inch below the soil surface. Stem tip cuttings may be rooted under mist.

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