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Balloon Flower Seed (Chinese Bellflower)
Balloon Flower seeds, germinate easily. Beautiful plant with puffy balloon-like blooms. Perennial, once established comes back year after year, bigger each year. Loves the sun. Plant in well-drained area. 50-60 seed per package.
This heavy bloomer gets its name from the way each flower bud swells before its starry petals unfold. Balloon flowers are one of the easiest perennials you'll ever grow, and they bloom in profusion in mid to late summer, when many other perennials are beginning to fade. Excellent for cutting.
Be careful when weeding the garden in spring. Balloon flowers don't sprout until other plants have begun to grow, and it is easy to dig them up inadvertently or pull them thinking they are weeds. Mark the area where they are planted to prevent this type of mistake.
Start new plants from seeds in spring, just after the last winter frost, or summer, up to 2 months before the first fall frost. When starting indoors, sow in individual pots 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost. Seeds require light to germinate, so press them lightly onto the soil, and don't cover. You can expect flowers the second year.
If you're looking for a carefree perennial that produces reliable blooms year after year, you can't beat balloon flowers.