The balloon flower, or platycodon grandiflorum, has balloon-shaped flowers up and down the plant's stems. Start growing a balloon flower by seed in the spring with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower gardening and plant care.
Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow balloon flower or platycodon grandiflorum. It's a beautiful perennial that has gorgeous balloon shaped flowers all up and down the stems. They come in gorgeous blues and whites and pinks and they're just a gorgeous addition to the garden. So you can start them by seed in the spring, you can put them right into the garden or you can start them inside or you can get the divisions by the root and you can start them in the spring or the fall or in the middle of winter. And they're pretty hardy, I know down to probably even the third or forth zone, they are native to China and Japan and even into Russia and Siberia so they can handle quite cold temperatures. And they have beautiful bright blue flowers that you can actually pop and then the seeds will go pop and they make a little popping noise when you pop them. Balloon flower or platycodon is a beautiful plant that deserves front stage in your garden.