Can you Grow Balloon Flower at Home?
- Author: Anushka Published: 12th January, 2022
Balloon flowers look as interesting as their name is. Also known as the Chinese Bellflower, balloon flowers are the native to bellflower family that appear puffy, balloon-like buds and bloom out into star-shaped flowers. The plant is an attractive perennial that looks remarkable and evokes joy just like balloons. So if these classic delights have caught your attention with their colourful bubbles, here’s how you can grow this low-maintenance flower easily at home. Just the correct mix of light, water, soil and fertilisation and voila! Soon you will find these star-shaped beauties popping all across your garden.
How to Grow Balloon Flowers?
You can try your hands on growing these coloured babies by getting seeds from the nearby nursery. The best time to sow its seeds is during autumn and spring to fall. Sow the seeds directly in the garden during early spring, moisten the area and within a couple of weeks, you will see sprouts shooting. Rest, take care of these things:
This balloon flower plant thrives well in full sun. When offered the right amount of sunlight (at least 6 hours), they grow fast and pop the flowers fast too. In summers, when it’s extremely hot, these plants will benefit from plenty of morning sun, with some partial shade in the afternoon.
In the first few weeks of planting, water them relatively often. Once you start seeing the long roots, you can limit watering. But since Balloon flowers are thirsty plants, make sure you offer them frequent watering. The only thing to pay attention to here is do not water them unless the top layer of the soil feels dry to touch.
Balloon flowers enjoy well-draining, loamy soil. Do not plant them in clay soil for the extra compaction and moisture retention could rot their thick roots. Rest, plant them in acidic soil to witness healthy, rapid and thick growth.
Climate & Temperature
The flowers thrive best in mild climates. Though they can handle humid or dry temperatures, keeping them at a high temperature can prevent flowering, cause heat stress and can even cut down new growth. Make sure to water these plants at regular intervals.