Today I'm sharing with you one of my favorite perennials, growing in my flower garden. The Balloon Flower, scientific name: Platycodon.
A whimsical flower, that does well in a partial shade garden. Meaning, to thrive it only requires 3 to 6 hours of Sun a day!
Balloon Flowers originated in China, however you can easily find the plants in your local garden nursery, purchase online, or find seed packets. I personally found mine at the Walmart Garden Center. They come in a variety of sizes from a compact plant (perfect for container gardens) to a 2 foot plant (which you may need to stake). You can also find them in different colors, blue, white or pink.
The variety I have are pink, but I've noticed the flowers fade to white after the blooms have been open over a week or so.
This plant has a whimsical appeal to it, with buds that start out looking like green chinese lanterns or balloons and then open into a beautiful star shape.
Care and Planting of your Balloon Flowers:
If you are planting from seeds, sow your seeds indoors during the winter. Follow the seed manufacturers directions on the packet.
To plant a potted plant, dig a hole slightly larger than the diameter of the pot. Remove from the pot, shake away any loose soil.
Place the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the top of the soil. Fill the hole with good quality potting soil. Fertilize your plants once in the middle of the blooming season.
If you choose to plant in containers, make sure you have good drainage, to prevent root rot. You may need to rotate the containers to allow equal lighting to your plants.
Balloon Flowers bloom from mid to late Summer, which is a wonderful way to keep color in your garden or containers, after most other Summer flowers bloom season has finished. Care of these flowers is simple, let's recap!
- Provide 3-6 hours of Sun, daily
- Water, when the top 1" layer of soil is dry
- Fertilize once during the bloom season
- Remove dead flowers, to promote new ones
Do you grow Balloon Flowers in your garden? Which variety, color do you have?Would love to hear from you!
Until next time...
Enjoy Life! & Your Flowers!
With Much Aloha.