Large-flowered broad bell (Platycodon Grandiflorum): cultivation

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Plant type: perennial.

  • Homeland: China, Japan, Korea, Eastern Siberia.
  • Flowering: large-flowered broadbell has a blue, pink or white shade of flowers.
  • Aroma: absent.
  • Growing environment: garden, greenhouse.
  • Lighting: full sun.
  • Growth rate: moderate.

Description: This is a beautiful late blooming perennial that is admired for its shape and color. Belongs to the bell family. The plant has blue flowers, and this shade is unusual at any time of the year. When its buds mature, they inflate into a balloon shape that rise and fill with color until they reveal bell or star shaped flowers. In the wild, it is commonly found among grasses on hills and mountains. Prefers full sun but is also very cold hardy. The widebell is rarely affected by insects, and it rarely interferes with its “neighbors”, that is, it does not tend to grow intensively. It is very easy to take care of him. Flowering begins in July and August, adding unusual colors to your garden in late summer. The widebell, which is grown from seeds, is unlikely to bloom in the first year. If you don’t want to wait a long time, then plant flowers grown in a container. When growing in the garden, plant seeds immediately after the last frost, and indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. The height of the perennial reaches from 30 to 90 cm.

Photo of a large-flowered bellflower on stones.

Care: easy. While the broadbell is accepted, it requires careful care, and then it is easy to care for it.

Soil type: It is desirable to choose nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. The soil must be neutral.

Watering: The soil should always be moist. While broadbell is established, water it once a week, usually throughout the growing season. Make sure that the soil is not firebox.

Fertilizers: You can add fertilizer directly at the time of planting.

Reproduction: carried out by planting seeds. They need to be sown either in spring or summer. The seeds of the flower are very small, black in color. The soil should be rich and moist, and the location should be sunny or slightly shady. The soil must be warm. If you reproduce broadbell indoors, the seeds will germinate in 2-4 weeks at 20 degrees. Seedlings should be transplanted very carefully in late spring, and the distance between plants should be from 25 to 75 cm, depending on the flower variety. You can also propagate the perennial by taking cuttings from it in the spring. Although the plant can be reproduced by division, there is a high chance of damaging it.

Application: Use wide bells to add unusual hues to perennial borders. If you are growing cut flowers, burn the stems with a match or candle after cutting the flower. Since there are many varieties of the broadbell, you can choose the variety that is right for your garden. Some species are more compact, and some are quite large.

Extra: The first rains can make the stems droop a little, so take care of the stakes. In the summer you need to do a 5-centimeter mulching. This approach will protect your roots during the cold winter months. In addition, mulching helps keep weeds out. Removing wilted flowers can prolong flowering time. If you are transplanting broadbells from containers into the garden, then the planting depth should be the same as it was in the containers.

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