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‘Florist Pink’ Platycodon Grandiflorus, also known as Dwarf Balloon Flower




Platycodon grandiflorus belongs to the family Campanulaceae which is also known as Dwarf Balloon Flower, Common Balloon flower, Japanese bellflower or Chinese Bellflower. Platycodon grandiflorus is a species of perennial flowering plant and belong to Platycodon genus. Platycodon means “a broad bell”. It is native to East Asia such as China, Korea, Japan, and East Siberia. This variety of Florist pink bears Showy, big, balloon buds opens to star-shaped blossoms pink flowers. The flowers are about 2 inches across. They bloom during summer to fall. These species are also called as Campanula glauca, Campanula grand flora, Platycodon glaucus. Because of its buds, which are like a balloon in appearance, the name Balloon flower is given.
This perennial grows up to a height of 2-3 feet and spread wide about 1-1.5 feet. These species have Herbaceous, blue-green, toothed and ovate foliage and blue-green in color. This plant is used for Perennial borders, container, dried flowers, cut flowers, as an ornamental plant, in landscaping and mass plant. The plant attracts butterflies. The leaves are alternate and stipules are absent. The fruit is usually a capsule or berry. It is a long lived plant with low maintenance. This is clump forming and the flowers are terminal with inflated bud and five-lobed.
The plant needs full sun to partial shade. The plant needs Well-drained, mildly acidic/alkaline, neutral and moist. The plant grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9. The roots of this plant acts as an anti inflammatory to treat cough and cold. The root is also dried or used as fresh in salads in traditional cuisine in parts like Korea.

Growing conditions of Florist Pink Platycodon Grandiflorus

• The plant needs full sun to partial shade.
• The plant needs Well-drained, mildly acidic/alkaline, neutral and moist.
• The plant grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9.
• Sow the seeds in spring.
• Sow the seed indoors in a lighted area.
• Sow them 8 weeks before last expected spring frost.
• By division, the plant can be propagated in summer.
• Plant should be spaced 16″ – 18″ apart.

Care for Florist Pink Platycodon Grandiflorus

• Water the plant regularly.
• It is better to plant permanently than transplanting.
• To establish a deep root system during the growing season, water is essential for this plant.
• Remove old foliage for new growth enhancement.
• In early spring, divide the clumps (every 2-3 years).
• Take care of the plant with pests like Slugs and Snails.
• Use Osmocote Fertilizer by spreading on the surface of the ground.
• Use the fertilizer once every 6 months.
• About 1/2 to 1 small handful fertilizer should be sufficient enough as per the size of the plant.

Photos of the plant (link)





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