Seeds - Balloon Flower OG (SGH)
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Description: A sweet, low-maintenance perennial with the most endearing blue flower buds that resemble balloons before opening into star-shaped blooms. The open flowers are saturated sky-blue in colour.
Pack Size: ~ 70 seeds
Latin Name: Platycodon grandiflorus
Main Uses: Ornamental, naturescape
Zone Hardiness: Zone 3 perennial
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45 cm (18 inches)
Flower Colour: Blue
Flowering Time: Late summer into fall
Germination: 14 - 21 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 4 seeds per plug, 6 - 8 weeks before the average last frost date
Planting out: Plant in loose, fertile soil once all chance of frost has passed.
Direct Seeding: Best suited to starting indoors ahead of transplanting
Planting depth: Surface - requires light to germinate
Spacing: Space transplants 25 cm (10") apart
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds, although winter hardiness may be impacted.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well suited to mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, well-draining organic-based potting mix. Feed regularly with organic fertilizer. An organic bloom-booster fertilizer at the first onset of buds will encourage larger blooms and more abundant flowering.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when the top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor pots every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing is required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Many butterflies, as well as bees and other small beneficial insects, love visiting Balloon Flower!
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.