Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fuji Blue’ (Balloon Flower)

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The Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fuji Blue’, commonly known as the Balloon Flower, is a captivating herbaceous perennial that brings a touch of whimsy and vibrant color to gardens. The plant boasts bell-shaped, flaring flowers up to 2.5 inches across, with five broad, pointed lobes forming a star shape. The blossoms emerge from plump, balloon-like buds, creating a delightful display.

Botanical Name
Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fuji Blue’
Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
Family
Campanulaceae
Height
Up to 20 inches (50 cm)
Foliage
Green, lance-shaped leaves
Climate
Adaptable to various climates
Sun Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements
Light, fertile, loamy, and well-drained
Hardiness Zones
Zones 3-8
Flower Color
Deep blue
Foliage Color
Green
Season Features
Blooms throughout summer
Special Features
Deer resistant, does not need staking
Distribution and Habitat
Native to East Asia
Toxicity
Non-toxic
  • Balloon Flowers requires consistently moist but well-drained soil.
  • The foliage remains green throughout the growing season, complementing the blue flowers.
  • Balloon Flowers are relatively low-maintenance. Deadheading spent blooms encourage more flowers and prevent self-seeding. In late fall, cut back the stems to ground level.
  • The ‘Fuji Blue’ is perfect for cut flowers, containers, or garden beds, adding a splash of color and charm.
  • It is also known for its longevity and ease of care, making it a valuable addition to any garden.
  • Propagation is typically done by seeds or root division. Seeds should be sown in spring, while division is best carried out in early spring or late autumn.
  • Balloon Flowers are resilient but susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils and may occasionally attract aphids or spider mites. Watch for slugs and snails.

FAQs

Can Balloon Flowers be grown in containers?

Yes, they thrive in containers provided they have adequate drainage and space.

Do Balloon Flowers need staking?

Generally, no. Their sturdy stems typically do not require staking.

How often should I water Balloon Flowers?

Water them moderately, keeping the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

Are Balloon Flowers suitable for cut flower arrangements?

Yes, their unique shape and vibrant color make them excellent for floral displays.

How can I prevent root rot in my Balloon Flowers?

Ensure proper drainage by using well-draining soil and avoiding overwatering.

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