Balloon Flower Seeds - Blue, Platycodon Grandiflorus , Asian Vegetable
Balloon Flower Seeds - Blue, Chinese Bell Flower or Japanese Bell Flower,Grown in China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia for medicinal purpose.
Balloon Flower Seeds - Blue
Grown in China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia for medicinal purposes. The root dried as well as fresh is also used in many Asian dishes and salads.
Balloon Flower (Platycodon Grandiflorus Blue) Also known as Chinese Bell Flower or Japanese Bell Flower, this perennial is a member of the Campanula family that grows to 30" tall.The inflated buds of balloon flowers are fun to pop. And they make great cut flowers. Cut them in the bud stage, and sear the base of the stems to prevent the milky sap from seeping out and fouling the water. In fall, the foliage of balloon flower turns clear gold, so don't cut the plant down too early -- enjoy the show! They tolerate light shade.
Balloon Flower is Easy-to-grow from flower seed, Balloon Flowers are an old-fashioned favorite, and they are as lovely in the garden as they are in the vase. This flower has unique star-shaped blue blossoms, and it blooms late summer and into the fall. Platycodon Grandiflorus has been around forever, and some of their biggest fans are children. They love to watch the balloons form (the buds) and then grow until the right time to pop open and form the lovely star-shaped flower. Balloon Flower plants are very hardy perennials that can withstand periods of drought, and they are rarely bothered by disease or insect problems making them virtually a maintenance-free perennial.
Sow Balloon Flower seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost, and transplant outside. This flower seed requires sunlight to germinate, so do not cover the flower seed with soil. Just lightly pat them into the soil so good contact is made and water lightly. You can also sow the flower seed directly outdoors after last frost. Platycodon seed is one of the last perennials to come up in the spring.
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 18 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Temperature: 65 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover
Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 10 inches