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Platycodon grandiflorum - Chinese Bell flower
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Plant out in a sunny position, in October, at 400mm centres in ordinary well drained soil.
The white fleshy roots are slow growing and resent disturbance.
Growth begins in late spring, growing to around 600mm high. The balloon-shaped buds open to form 35mm diameter light blue saucer-shaped flowers from June to August.
Divide and transplant plants in March.
note; Divided plants are slow to re-establish themselves.
Sow seeds in March in boxes/trays under glass or in shallow drills outdoors.
note;The seedlings are fragile and should he handled with care when pricking out.
Transplant to flowering sites before the fleshy roots have formed, or delay transplanting until the plants are dormant during winter.