The balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), here offered as variety mix, is one of the most beautiful plants for sunny and partially shady borders. This proposed species forms small, erect tufts, whose slender stems are covered with vividly green, spiky leaves. Distinct flower bells with a star-shaped cross-section appear on their tops. Their exquisite, delicately veined petals may take on clear white colour or pleasant shades of pink and blue. A fully developed plant grows 40 - 60 cm tall on average.
Cultivation of this charming plant may start with late spring sow onto a seedbed or into a box. Chinese bellflower, as this plant is commonly called, should be transplanted to borders end of summer / beginning of autumn. The plant will settle before the winter on a sunny or partially shady site with permeable, moist, humous soil. It will bloom the following year in June and maintain its flowers until August. Balloon flower looks best in larger single-species groupings, rejuvenated with a broad colour palette of the blooms. You may also combine it with other plants with pastel-coloured flowers, such as baby's breath or lobelia.
One package contains 0.1 g of balloon flower seeds. The sow-by date and growing instructions are printed at the back side of the package.
- Weight: 0.1 g
- Height: 40 - 60 cm
- Use: Ornamental - groupings, flower beds
- Flowering period: June - August
- Growth form: erect tufts
- Flower colour: white, pink, blue
- Foliage: vividly green, spiky leaves
- Flower type: Bell-shaped
- Site: sunny or partially shady; permeable, moist, humous soil