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Platycodon: beautiful edible stars!

The platycodon offers beautiful, well-defined flowers, high on erect stems, adorned with blue-green foliage, all fed by fleshy rhizomes. Platycodon is also called "balloon flower", It is a plant native to Asia, where it is found in the wild, especially in China and Japan. Its growth is slow and it is better to count 2 years to obtain a beautiful white, blue or pink flowered carpet…. The flowers are edible and very appreciated by "cooks" keen on flowers in the kitchen.

Botanical name:

• Platycodon grandiflorus

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Persistent
• Hardiness: Hardy plant -28 ° C
• Family: Campanulaceae -campanulaceae
• Harbor : tuft
• Exhibition: Sun - partial shade
• Sowing: April to June
• Plantation: Spring
• Flowering: June to October
• Rooting: Rhizomes
• Cultivation area: See hardiness maps (zones in: Quebec, France)
• Origin: Asia (China and Japan)
• Melliferous plant: Yes
• Edible plant: yes (the flowers)

Particularities:

• Edible flowers.
• Very rustic.
• Very resistant to disease.
• Slow growth.

Platycodon: the benefits in the garden

• Large, very aesthetic flowers
• Long flowering period, around 3 to 4 months of flowers
• Very easy to cultivate climber, the plant is resistant to drought.
• Edible flowers
• Very floriferous from the 2nd year.

What exhibition?

Sun and partial shade

What soil?

• Light and well-drained soil.

When to sow platycodon?

• Spring from April to June.

How to sow the seeds ...

Sowing in the ground:

Seedlings of platycodon can be done in place, making sure to protect the seeds from direct sunlight.

• Work the soil to a height of half a spade to make it fine.
• Add sand if necessary.
• Sow the seeds "clear" and cover them with a thin layer of potting soil.
• Tamp and water.
• Keep the soil cool until emergence and watch out for shellfish.

Sowing in pots or boxes

In light soil, a mixture of potting soil and peat will do very well,
• Place one or two seeds per cup.
• Cover with soil and tamp.
• Keep the soil cool until emergence.

When to plant

• Plant in spring, from the month of april or may.

How to plant platycodon?

• Prepare the soil by working it well to obtain a very homogeneous and light soil.
• Amend the soil with sand or peat, if necessary.
• Add sand to improve the draining effect if necessary.
• Dig a hole larger than the size of the platycodon plants.
• Place them and fill them with the sand - peat / soil mixture from the garden.
• Tamp down without damaging the roots (rhizomes).
• Water.
• You will water regularly the first days after planting, then more lightly afterwards.

A word from the gardener:

If the soil in your garden is clayey and / or heavy, prefer to cultivate platycodon on raised mounds, by adding compliant soil. The water will drain out that much faster.

Multiplication of platycodons:

• Multiplication by seed.
• You can collect the seeds of the year, they will keep a germination time of 2 to 3 years.

Interview :

• Light and regular waterings, allowing the soil to dry out between two waterings.
• Staking of the tallest plants.

Flowering:

• Platycodons flower at from June and until September sometimes October.

Varieties of platycodon:

• Varieties with blue flowers:
> « Mariesii ”and“ Hakone ”the latter with quite original double flowers,
60 cm high.
> "Fuji blue", "Blaue Gloke", "Florist blue", 50 cm
> "Astra Double" (semi-double) and "Sentimental", 20 cm high.
• Varieties with white flowers:
> "Albus",
50 cm and Astra Double (double flowered) 20 cm high.
• Varieties with pink flowers:
> "Fuji",
60 cm
> "Astra pink", 60 cm

What to plant with?

• Plant them with aconites, fleabane ...

Platicodon: What use in the garden?

ATa garden: In perennial beds the largest platycodon, and in rockery or bordering with the small varieties.
• Without garden:
In a large pot, 40 cm, choose the small and medium varieties.

Quick sheet:

Image taken from wikipedia / commons.wikimedia.org / In the public domain


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