About Platycodon Hakone Double Blue
The flowers have a deep blue color with buds resembling small inflated balloons. Buds open into five pointed star shaped blossoms. Platycodon Hakone Double Blue bloom over a long period of time in my garden starting in mid-summer. They are one of my favorites. Not many people know about them but many people ask about them once they see them! Penn State University considers Platycodon a very deer resistant plant.
Platycodon Hakone Double Blue
Planting and Growing Platycodon
Make sure your Platycodon “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is part shade to full sun. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot. Clip spent blooms for a continuous flowering!