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propagating perennials: Platycodon-Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Platycodon-Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower

Propagating Balloon Flower is done by division in either the spring or the fall however because it has fleshy tap roots one must be careful digging up the plant and separating the roots and when resetting the plant the crown should be placed one inch below the soil surface. Because balloon flowers and certain cultivars can get tall, 6-12" on average, they should be staked in windy and shady locations before flowering because the flowers will break off. Plants should be planted in a well drained soil in a pH range of 6.0-7.5 in either sun or shade with even moisture for its blue, white, pink flowers to bloom from July-August. Like Coreopsis balloon flowers are one of the last perennials to push through in the spring. The flowers attract honeybees and butterflies and is deciduous.

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