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Balloon flower: location and care of the perennial plant


Mostly from August, the balloon flower is offered at a relatively low price in gardening stores. Here everything about the location and care of the perennial plant.

The balloon flower is a plant for particularly sunny beds

The balloon flower will bring a fresh breeze to the garden bed from August. What is striking is their mostly bright violet-blue flower color, whereby breeds in white and pink and with filled flower heads are also often offered. The perennial got its name from us because of its balloon-like flower buds, which are enthroned on its stems like small balls before they open to form an impressive flower.

If you would like to bring these beautiful flowers into the garden, then we have some tips for the location and care of the balloon flower.

Important information on choosing a location

You should actually plant the balloon flower in spring, if possible only in full sun, where it can spread a little over the years. Balloon flowers are only slowly increasing in width and consistently grow about 50 centimeters.

The balloon flower loves a nutrient-rich soil, which you can enrich beforehand with organic fertilizer (e.g. compost).

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How to properly care for the balloon flower

»Fertilize:

Every year, the balloon flowers sprout freshly in spring and are unfortunately too often haunted by snails, from which you should definitely protect the flowers. During this sprouting period, they should also be supplied with a single, albeit abundant, complete fertilizer application.

" To water:

Afterwards, the balloon flower actually requires little maintenance. You should, however, provide them with irrigation water as regularly as possible, as long as it does not rain over a longer period. However, you should avoid waterlogging, otherwise the roots will start to rot.

»Promote flowering:

The balloon flower usually begins to bloom in mid-summer from around the end of July, but then until late summer. If you then remove the withered flowers regularly, you will promote new flower formation.

»Cut back:

At the end of the flowering phase, you have to cut back the balloon flower completely and hibernate in this way. In principle, the perennials are hardy plants, but young perennials should still be protected with some brushwood in the first three years of life.

»Propagation:

You can easily multiply the perennial by a careful division with the spade. However, the division should only take place from an age of at least 4 years when the plant has grown well.