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Balloon Plant

County Durham, United Kingdom Gb

i bought a couple of balloon plants last year when i saw them for the first time and fell in love with them!

ive had the busy task of moving house which has involved staying away a lot and they got drenched as i had them in the wrong pots :( they have died back, but then i have read that they do this for winter anyway. do you think i have lost them? and if not when should i start to see signs of recovery?

from: the murderous one!! (well, hopefully not!)



Early to bed and late to rise is the rule for these. But easy to see if they are surviving, scrape away the soil and the 'bulb' (not one really but they got a large succulent root) should be there and firm. If not then they have gone!

14 Apr, 2009


Is the ballon plant Platycodon? If it is, mine is just breaking surface this weekend. I had to put sticks in the soil to mark its place as it dies away totally.

14 Apr, 2009


Mine has only just appeared! I noticed it yesterday.

14 Apr, 2009


thanks guys! i will look at the 'bulbs' this evening. i hope they are ok as i havent seen them for sale anywhere other than where i bought them last year, which is now 370 miles away for me!!

15 Apr, 2009


hiya guys! just to let you know that i did kill them :(

but the good news is i managed to get a couple more from the supermarket again. so i have potted them in peat free soil and fairly big pots in the yard so that they have plenty of room to grow. i didnt realise how big they can get! i cant wait to have a garden again and watch them turn into bushes!

happy gardening!

6 Jun, 2009


Hi Jeannie - I am a bit puzzled. If we are talking about Platycodon, they don't get big, they are quite compact plants.

I wonder if you are asking about a different plant altogether?

7 Jun, 2009


sorry to puzzle you, spritzhenry.

it is the platycodon im talking of, and whilst initally thinking they were just small pot plants i later found out that they can grow to a foot high and a foot and a half wide......that's a bush to me! i cant have any bushes bigger than that in my tiny yard/garden!

11 Jul, 2009


Thanks - I haven't seen any quite that large. We live and learn!

13 Jul, 2009

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