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Questions About Balloon Flowers

Asked by
Anonymous on
September 7, 2011

Q. Balloon Flower Plant

I have a balloon plant (Platycodon) in a rail box. This is my first balloon plant and I don’t know what to expect for the change of seasons. The plant was flowering like crazy in June and July. . .then slowed down to almost nothing in August. Just this week it started changing color and the entire plant is yellow. Is it dying on me. . . or is it going into fall?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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This perennial plant flowers from summer to early fall, with heaviest flowering coming in mid to late summer. The cold hardy plant can be grown in sun or partial shade and in moist, but well-draining, soil. This is important. Balloon plants need a lot of moisture and it is possible that yours have become too dry. Pinch back dead blooms and apply mulch for winter protection. Watering should be cut back during winter.

Here is more information on growing these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/balloon-flower/growing-balloon-flowers.htm

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Asked by
lizgarden on
July 13, 2012

Q. How do you deadhead a balloon flower

There are so many tiny blooms. I have read information that indicates it will continue to bloom if you deadhead them. When you deadhead them, do you cut off the end of th stem or just each individual little flower stem?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 13, 2012
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Asked by
Chiusi on
August 21, 2013

Q. Why Balloon Flowers Don’t Open

Why balloon flowers won’t open.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
August 23, 2013
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Good question, wish I had an easy answer! Are you fertilizing? Are you deadheading? I'm attaching this haricle, hopefully it will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/canterbury-bells/canterbury-bells-plant-how-to-grow-canterbury-bells.htm

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Asked by
pickles on
April 23, 2015

Q. balloon plants

I love the balloon plants in any color – blue, white, pink. I desire to purchase them this year. Where and when can I find balloon plants in Athens, GA?

Answered by
shelley on
April 23, 2015
Certified Expert
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Cofer's Home & Garden Showcase in Athens, GA sells them:
http://cofers.com/catalog/product/106539/balloon-flower-platycodon#.VTjG05OGNps

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Asked by
wildflower29169 on
April 23, 2015

Q. balloon flower hasn’t come up

My balloon flower has come back in spring for several years, but this year I don’t see it.

Answered by
shelley on
April 24, 2015
Certified Expert
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Balloon flowers typically sprout from the soil in late spring, so I would give it a little more time. Also, plants can be slow to awaken after a cold harsh winter.

For more information on balloon flowers, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/balloon-flower/growing-balloon-flowers.htm

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Asked by
kkach on
May 16, 2015

Q. how tall do balloon flowers get

Trying to plant from tallest to shortest.

Answered by
shelley on
May 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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The answer to your question really hinges on the variety you have - different varieties differ in plant size. According to Cornell University, the height of balloon flowers is 2.5 to 3.5 feet with some dwarf varieties reaching just 6 inches tall.

For more information on balloon flowers, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/balloon-flower/growing-balloon-flowers.htm

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Asked by
muffiegrieve on
May 25, 2015

Q. Rooting Platycodon–balloon flower

Will a Platycodon root if I take a cutting and put it in water?

Answered by
shelley on
May 25, 2015
Certified Expert
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Propagation of balloon flowers is only possible via seed or division. For more information, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/balloon-flower/balloon-flower-propagation.htm

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