Plant Care Balloon-Flower


About Balloon-Flower

Platycodon means "flat bell". Balloon flower gets its common name from the unopened flower buds which resemble hot air balloons. It grows best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. It's easy to grow from seed. Division and transplanting are difficult due to the fragile fleshy root system.


Platycodon grandiflorus

Also known as

Balloon flower, Platycodon and Chinese bellflower

How to care for Balloon-Flower


How often to water your Balloon-Flower

Water needs for Balloon-Flower
0.5 cups
every 9

Balloon-Flower needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Balloon-Flower

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Balloon-Flower in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balloon-Flower: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Balloon-Flower love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Balloon-Flower does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Balloon-Flower

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Balloon-Flower: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Balloon-Flower after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Balloon-Flower is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Balloon-Flower



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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