Return to the Growing from Seed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Platycodon

Posted by vjrnts zone 6, NY (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 13:44

Hello, everyone. I'm new to this forum, so if I commit any faux pas, or if my post doesn't belong here, just let me know.

My neighbor has a lovely stand of white Fuji Balloon Flowers in her garden. I think they look marvelous, so I wanted some for my untidy sort of cottagey garden, and without putting a ton of thought into it, got seeds.

Hey, wait, it's almost August. Hm. What would happen if I sowed some seed outside at this point of the summer? Clearly any resulting plants would not bloom (actually, they don't bloom the first year anyway, do they?), but would they come back in the spring? Would I be getting a jump on the spring planting season? Are these self-seeders? If so, this is the time of year that they are dropping their seeds for next spring, so maybe I could drop some instead. But if they come back from a root system, what do you think? Would there be enough time between now and frost for the tap root to form? (I'm in Western New York, near Lake Ontario.)

I have a small balloon flower plant that comes back every year, but is only about 8" high; I never find new baby plants around that one.

Any advice?

Vicki


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Platycodon

You could gather some seeds and start a few inside and then set the plants out in fall.

Since you have not seen any self-sown seedlings then why waste the seeds? It seems as though the chances are slim if you sow them outside now.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Growing from Seed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here