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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)

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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.
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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Reviews

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American MeadowsBalloon Flower Sentimental Blue - Root
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid gardener (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)

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      (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

                    (3 of 3 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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                      Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
                      • Garden Gloves

                        Garden Gloves

                      • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                        All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                      • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

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