Platycodons

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Platycodons

By

O. R. TIEMANN, (MO.)

July

is a difficult month for most flowers but the lovely

Platycodons seem not to mind its heat at all. We could

not be without them at that trying time to produce blossoms

both to brighten the borders and for cool bouquets.

The flowers are bell-shaped or sometimes open out star-shaped,

large and in rich blue or white. A group of blue and

a group of white planted near Texasplume (Gilia rubra)

makes a striking, patriotic planting for July.

The

variety Platycodon grandiflorum grows to a height of

2.5 feet or more. If not staked, the wind will often

times break the some what brittle, sprawling stems at

the base. They may be pinched back like Chrysanthemums

to produce shorter, bushier plants.

The

variety P. mariesi is a dwarf form. It grows less than

a foot in height with equally as large or larger flowers

than Grandiflorum.

Platycodons

are easily grown from seeds planted in early spring.

If the young seedlings are reset carefully and kept

growing, a great many will bloom the first season. The

balloon-like buds may open into semi-double flowers

having ten petals instead of the regulation five which

are indeed lovely.

This

is a perennial that is very hardy and can even endure

considerable neglect. Do not cut or pull away the old

stems but let them die naturally, otherwise crown injury

may result. It is wise to mark the spot where they grow.

Platycodons are late risers in the spring.

 


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