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Platycodon Grandiflorus, commonly known as the Balloon Flower, is a hardy, perennial plant that is native to East Asia. It is a popular choice for gardens due to its striking blue or white flowers and its ease of care.
The best position for the Platycodon Grandiflorus is in a sunny or partially shaded area of the garden with well-draining soil. It prefers a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. The plant can grow up to 60cm in height with a spread of around 30cm. The plant produces balloon-like buds that open up to star-shaped flowers, which bloom in the summer months.
When planting, it is important to dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the plant’s root ball and mix in some compost or other organic matter to improve the soil quality. Water regularly during the growing season, and reduce watering during periods of drought. The plant is relatively low maintenance and does not require pruning, although deadheading spent flowers can encourage more blooms.
To promote healthy growth and flowering, feed the Platycodon Grandiflorus with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer. It is also a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
Overall, the Platycodon Grandiflorus is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that can add a touch of blue or white to any garden.
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