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GardenersDream Platycodon Blue

Supplied in 12cm pot
  • £8.99
  • RRP £10.49
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  • Characteristics: A compact herbaceous perennial with blue-green leaves and striking, star-shaped blue flowers.
  • Growth and Spread: Ultimate height and spread of up to 0.5m.
  • Care and Maintenance: Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage new blooms. Cut the plant down to the base in autumn to promote fresh regrowth the following spring.
  • Period of Interest: New foliage emerges in spring with flowers appearing in summer and autumn.
  • Top Tip: Choose your spot carefully as Platycodon doesn’t like to be transplanted once established.

Commonly known as the Balloon Flower, Platycodon features large balloon shaped buds, which blossom into pretty, cupped blue flowers in summer. These flowers measure around 5cm and are long lasting, only fading towards the end of autumn. The foliage is an attractive blue-green hue with lance shaped serrated leaves growing up the plant stems. 

Platycodon has a clump-forming habit and is a relatively low maintenance plant. It enjoys a spot in full sun or partial shade and prefers loamy soil that is moist but well drained. This plant is winter hardy and will withstand harsh winter temperatures, although it is worth mulching in the autumn for added root protection against frost.

Balloon Flowers are popular with flower arrangers and are best cut when still in the bud stage. Be sure to singe the bottom of the stem to prevent the milky sap escaping and to prolong flowering.

Please Note: When purchasing plants please consider that each live item is unique and may therefore differ from the images shown, which are for illustration purposes only - The plant will be supplied in a growers pot. Depending on season, some plants may be pruned back to encourage growth and deciduous plants may arrive without leaves. 

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