6 Review (s)

  1. Galina Pavlovna

    Tell us in detail about growing platycodon in the garden.

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      - Platycodon, or wide bell, is an unpretentious flowering perennial that can grow in one place without dividing and transplanting up to 10 years. It has a beautiful long (July-August) flowering. Varieties differ among themselves in color and shape of the flower, as well as in the height of the bush (20-80 cm). Dwarf forms are great for rockeries and rock gardens.

      The plant prefers a sunny or semi-shady place and fertile soil (preferably loam).
      Due to the fragility of the taproots, it does not like transplantation. It also does not tolerate prolonged stagnation of melt water and surface occurrence of groundwater. During the flowering period, platycodon is fed with a complex fertilizer for flowering plants. In autumn, the bushes are pruned at ground level. In areas with little snow, for the winter they spud with peat or wood chips with a layer of 3-5 cm.
      Most often, the plant is propagated by seeds. In March, they are sown superficially in containers filled with purchased soil for seedlings. Abundantly moisturize, cover the crops with a film and put in a bright warm (+ 20-22 degrees) place. Regularly ventilate, moderately moisten the soil. When the seeds hatch, evenly sprinkle the seedlings with a thin layer of soil (3 mm) and remove the shelter. Water as the top layer of the earth dries out, avoiding overflow. When will
      1-3 pairs of true leaves, seedlings dive into separate pots filled with ready-made flower soil or a mixture of garden soil and peat (2: 1). Planted in a flower bed after the return of frosts.

      Seedlings bloom in the 2-3th year.

  2. Nina Gorshkova, Pavlovsk

    How to divide the overgrown bushes of gypsophila and platycodon, so as not to destroy them (there is a sad experience)?

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      - Pin-root plants do not like transplants - it is better to immediately plant them in a permanent place. In the flower garden, they steadily occupy the niche allotted to them, which is why they are valuable.
      If a transplant is still required, in the spring you can chop off the main root with a shovel at a depth, then by autumn the root system will become more branched and compact, and the transplant will be more successful.

      Pin-root perennials are more often propagated by seeds. However, if the plant does not tie them or is varietal, you can use root cuttings (in April-May) and green cuttings (in May-June). It is better to root such in a greenhouse, arranged in a shaded, cool place. With a small amount of material, you can cover the plantings with a plastic bottle. Cuttings are regularly sprayed and ventilated. After rooting (from 1 to 1,5 months), the greenhouse is opened.
      Remember: the pivotal root system of the well-known aquilegia, seaside armeria, gypsophila paniculata, mullein, lupine, poppies (including meconopsis), milkweed, many umbellates (for example, bluehead), lumbago, ash.

      So it’s better not to disturb them unless necessary. The taproot can be thick (fusiform), like in acanthus, broad-leaved bells (platycodon), nettle-leaved, lactic-flowered, codonopsis, reviving lunar, mallow, baptisia. This root is the most problematic when transplanting.

  3. Nadezhda LISYUTINA, village of Rognedino, Bryansk Region

    Ten years ago, I bought an unknown flower root in the market. The seller said that a perennial bell would grow out of it. At that time it seemed to me a curiosity. After all, I grew only biennial bells!

    Planted and met
    Landed the root in the front garden and watered. Pre-dug up the earth well and seasoned with compost. The plant sprouted for a long time, but developed rapidly. During the season, a bush of about 60 cm with straight stems and beautiful leaves of a bluish tint grew. And in July, several small "flashlights" of a delicate lilac shade blossomed. A neighbor helped to identify the plant. This is how my acquaintance with the plati-codon, or the wide-bell, happened. In the spring of next year, I was a little worried when, at the usual time for all flowers, I did not see the beginner's shoots. Sprouts appeared only in mid-May. In the future, she always marked the place of planting of the plant, so that during spring tillage, inadvertently not to damage the bell.
    The main thing is to feed
    In leaving, platicodone is very unpretentious. I water it only in a drought. In early spring, I sprinkle well-rotted compost next to the plant and plant it in the soil. Then, alternating fertilizing with complex mineral fertilizers (according to the instructions) and chicken infusion (1:20). Faded plants look untidy - you have to remove them. And in the fall, when the aboveground part turns yellow, I cut it off completely. A handsome winter winters without problems, does not freeze.

    Propagation by seeds
    Recently I read that in one place platicodon is grown no more than five years. My handsome man sat in the front garden for eight seasons, then he began to bloom worse. Last year, several seed bolls were left to ripen. I cut them and put them in a plastic cup with a lid. Stored in the refrigerator door. In March, she sowed seeds superficially in a bowl with universal purchased soil, sprinkled with HB-101 solution. I put the box on the hinged kitchen cabinet. Friendly shoots appeared on about 10 days. Moved the container to the sunny window, and the seedlings began to grow vigorously. There was no need for a dive. In May, planted seedlings in open ground. I bought another bag of seeds of platodicon Fiji - I will expand the collection.

    Platikodon (photo) or wide-bell: landing and care

  4. Olga Andreevna Avdeeva, Yartsevo, Smolenskaya obl.

    The broadleaf bell is a good perennial: it seems to be not provocative, but at the same time it never goes unnoticed. It looks best in large compositions. It will be great if there are conifers with a bluish tint in the mixborder, for example junipers.

    Next to roses and cereals, it looks amazing. With yarrow, the Taurus gives a very bright contrast (pure yellow and blue). This bell blossoms in June-July. Flowers large, funnel-shaped, campanulate, blue, pale violet or white, collected in a long brush. During flowering needs regular watering.


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