Growing platycodon - learning the intricacies

Platycodon can be mistaken for a bell, but very large. The name of the flower is translated from Greek as "wide bowl", which very well describes Platycodon.

Platycodon belongs to perennials, its stems are strong, grow up to 50-60 cm in height. Leaves are medium-sized, lanceolate in shape. Platycodon flowers range in color from white to lilac, from pink to white with blue veins; the size of flowers is about 8 cm. Flowering lasts from the end of July and lasts for a month, after which seed pods are formed. Platicodon can grow in one place for 6-7 years without needing a transplant.

Growing Platicodon different varieties in the same garden requires taking into account the fact that plants are pollinated, which means that it will not work to preserve their varietal properties: hybrids will be obtained from seeds. Therefore, if you want to preserve the varietal characteristics of plants, grow one variety of Platycodon on your site.

Prefers light, well-drained and nutrient-rich soils. He needs to find a place in the garden that is sunny, open.

Another subtlety that characterizes the cultivation of Platycodon is the late appearance of its shoots in the spring (sometimes only at the end of May). Because of this, many gardeners think that the plant has died, dig it up and throw it away. Should not be doing that! Do not dig up Platicodon beds ahead of time.

Platycodon can winter without shelter, but nevertheless mulch the neck of the plant with peat or humus with a layer thickness of 1-2 cm.

Platycodon requires a garter of the stems, wind or heavy rain can bend them to the ground and break.

Watch the video: Platycodon Grandiflorus Balloon Flower (December 2021).