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Planting Instructions for Platycodon (balloon flower):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, well-drained Moisture:  Average, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  With top of root 1/2" to 1" below soil level Spacing:  8 to 12" for smaller varieties, 12 to 15" for larger ones

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root balloon flower should be dry but firm when dormant. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out then close it again. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Platycodon in full sun to part shade in any good, well-draining soil. They are tolerant of a wide range of conditions and work well as transition palnts between the sun and shade gardens.

Moisture:  Platycodon will grow in almost any conditions other than extremely wet. Give them average moisture in well-draining soil but they are also drought tolerant.

Spacing:  Plant about 12" apart, less for compact plants, more for larger ones, usually in groups of 3 for the best effect.

Depth:  Plant with the top of the tap root about 1/2" to 1" below soil level. After planting and watering in lightly the root should not be showing.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Platycodon is very adaptable to any good, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired, digging deep enough to plant the carrot like root vertically without coiling or breaking the roots. After planting you can water in once and then they prefer a bit of a dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no sprouts.

Landscape Uses:  Plant balloon flowers with other summer blooming perennials such as daisies, Rudbeckia, Gaillardia, Penstemon, garden phlox, yarrow (Achillea), and Veronica. The taller, dark colored varieties look great alongside baby's breath and the silvery foliage of artemisia and Russian sage. The shorter varieties work great along the border and they all work good in part shade as a transition plant between the sun and shade garden.

Staking may be necessary if the taller plants fall over. Pinching and deadheading can help to increase blooms and produce more compact plants, plus this will help prevent too many self sown seedlings.

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