Platycodon, also called balloon flower or Chinese bellflower, is a beautiful herbaceous perennial, well-known for its long-lasting and abundant blooming.
Key Platycodon facts to remember
Name – Platycodon grandiflorus
Family – Campanulaceae
Type – perennial
Height – 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm)
Exposure – full sun or part shade
Soil – rather rich and light
Flowering – June to September
Platycodon should be planted in spring in a spot that gets quite a lot of sun, though part sun is also enough if you live in warmer areas in the South.
- Favor an emplacement that is richly endowed with sunlight, but that doesn’t get scorching hot.
- Part sun is preferable if you live in the South.
- Platycodon likes well drained soil.
- For potted platycodon, select a flower plant soil mix.
Propagation is through clump division in spring, and you can also sow seeds at the same time.
Caring for platycodon
Platycodon is very easy to care for: it doesn’t require any other care than that!
In a pot, it’s important to water often, because the soil around your potted platycodon always dries out faster than if it were planted in the ground.
If in the ground, regular watering after the planting will help the plant grow, but as time passes this chore will become less and less necessary.
Good to know about Platycodon
A very beautiful perennial plant native to Asia, Platycodon offers its most stunning blooms in July and August. This easy-to-grow plant also has the advantage of resisting both cold weather and intense heat waves. A very hardy grower, it resists most diseases very well: this increases the appeal for gardeners who prefer easy plants.
Smart tip about platycodon
Stake varieties that have longs stems, otherwise your platycodon will fall over in foul weather if it’s windy and there’s lots of rain.