Balloon Flower Rose Platycodon Grandiflorus is a clumping, deciduous perennial that can be easily started from flower seeds. So called Chinese Bellflower features rich-green foliage with strong floral stems that carry large showy, star-like shaped rose flowers. The puffy buds of a Balloon Flower look like balloons before they burst into the impressive blooms. Platycodon Grandiflorus blooms from mid summer and into the fall providing a colorful display at a time when other perennials do not bloom anymore. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees like to visit the fragrant blooms.
Balloon Flower Rose makes an excellent addition to flower beds, and this showy perennial flower is great for edging borders. The rock gardens, containers and window boxes are other applications for growing Balloon Flower. Platycodon Grandiflorus seeds germinate fast, and the established Balloon Flower likes to grow in full sun or partial shade, and the rich, well-drained soil is preferable. Rose Balloon Flower is a very cold hardy and drought tolerant perennial that is easy to grow and virtually care-free. Chinese Bellflower is a vivid cut flower.
Height: 18 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Rich, Dry, Moist well-drained, pH 5.8-6.8
USDA Zones: 4-9
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (6-8 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring
Seed Depth: Surface sowing - press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-21 Days