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Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue

This old favorite is great for edging the border and using in rock gardens. Or, plant it in pots so you can enjoy those beautiful blooms up close. (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Item Size

Bag of 3
Bag of 3

Price: $16.95

Sale: $8.48

$2.83 Per Root
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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 6-8" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 2PLAT3
Common Name Balloon Flower
Botanical Name Platycodon grandiflorus
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Estimated Mature Height 6-8" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Cut Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers, Easy to Grow
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Easy-to-grow Balloon Flowers were one of grandmothers favorites. The Platycodons have been around forever, and some of their biggest fans are children. They love to watch the balloons form (the buds) and then swell each day until suddenly, one special day, the pop open. These beautiful old-fashioned flowers are lovely in the garden and fine in the vase.
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Reviews

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American MeadowsBalloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (5)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Vivid colors (5)
  • Low maintenance (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid gardener (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sturdy Plants!

      These plants just keep coming back. I live in upstate NY and our winters can be harsh. I don't water much after plants are set in to save on water bills. Everything has...Read complete review

      These plants just keep coming back. I live in upstate NY and our winters can be harsh. I don't water much after plants are set in to save on water bills. Everything has to make it on it's on. These plants have done very well.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Beautiful Balloon Flower??

      Seems to look healthy but I was looking forward to the bloom

      Seems to look healthy but I was looking forward to the bloom

      Reviewed by 10 customers

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      2.0

      Waiting patiently

      By Serinity Gardener

      from Arlington, Tx

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Fragrant
      • Low Maintenance
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • Slow Growth

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

        Bulbs seemed healthy upon arrival. Planted same day. Still waiting for the plants to come up.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth it to try

        By Jcmeinster

        from Conroe TX

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Containers
          • Cut Flowers
          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

          First season I grew it in pots , the blue and also bought the white balloon flower , with some bat face flower for patriotic colors containers , all bloomed nicely in summer .
          Now is doing great in the garden , add some biological fungicide to your soil mix to prevent root rot , other than that is an excellent plant ,one of my favorites .

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Spectacular Color

          By Julie NLA

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Moderate Water needs
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • Messy Spent Flowers

          Best Uses

          • Pathway Borders
          • Rock Gardens

          Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

          My balloon flowers are planted in a rock garden area in full sun bordering a walkway, with a drip line, and seem to tolerate the area nicely. The roots look hopeless on arrival, but plant them anyway - they do sprout mostly. Once up they grow fairly rapidly, making about 8" the first season. Like many perennials, they need 3 seasons or more to reach full size. The flowers are silver-dollar sized, with beautiful coloring, and each bloom lasts for 2 weeks or so, making for a long bloom season. They turn heads. I'm happy with them in my location - Beautiful!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Beautiful color

          By Carmen

          from Kandiyohi, MN

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

              Plant grew well and was healthy looking.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of My Very Favorites

              By Arkansas Nana

              from Rogers, AR

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Low Maintenance
              • Pest Resistant
              • Reliable Growth
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                Balloon flowers faithfully return each summer and the plant grows larger (not taller) with even more big, beautiful flowers each year.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                good

                By Lolo

                from Fair Lawn NJ

                Pros

                • Long Bloom Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control

                  Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                  The drought got this plant also. It is great while it bloomed

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Beautiful Balloon Flower??

                  By susieq

                  from Roseburg, OR

                  About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Nothing to comment yet

                  Cons

                  • But that root arrived
                  • Have a root in it You
                  • One did not bloom and
                  • Sent a white replacement
                  • Slow Growth
                  • Squishy and rotten
                  • The other pkg did not

                  Best Uses

                  • Cut Flowers
                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                  Seems to look healthy but I was looking forward to the bloom

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  cool tones for summer garden

                  By aniebaybe

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Healthy
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                      very clear and helpful instructions

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sturdy Plants!

                      By Fingerlakes Gardener

                      from Rochester, NY

                      About Me Master Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                      These plants just keep coming back. I live in upstate NY and our winters can be harsh. I don't water much after plants are set in to save on water bills. Everything has to make it on it's on. These plants have done very well.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A little beauty!

                      By Peggy

                      from Lewes, DE

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden

                        Comments about American Meadows Balloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root:

                        This little beauty comes back prettier every year.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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