BALLOON FLOWER Chinese Bellflower
Perennial - Permanent Plant Height: 24 inches
A beautiful permanent addition to flower beds and borders. Blooms in a beautiful blue color first budding into a hollow balloon shape. As the flower matures the five petals separate into two inch wide stars. Blooms the second year from seed.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Barely cover seeds with 1/16" fine soil firmed down. Sow from mid spring through mid summer in flats, pots or planting beds.
TRANSPLANTING & SPACING: Carefull transplant indoor started seedlings in early fall to permanent location. Thin or space seedlings 12 to 18 inches apart.
GERMINATION: Approx. 3 weeks, depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plant in a mostly sunny permanent location that will remain undisturbed with rich well drained soil. Dead head expended flowers to extend bloom period. For longer lasting cut flowers, pick before petals open and sear stem end in flame. Allow foliage to die back in fall and winter.