Landscape Photo #238: Platycodon Astra Blue

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 4, 2014 10:14 PM CST
I actually managed to get some of the Platycodon to germinate. Just a few of each white, blue and pink. And a few of the Astra Blues. I am treating them like gold. Hoping to get them to maturity and blooms for the seeds. I wonder if they would do better winter sown or simply scattered in the garden. Any idea??
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 5, 2014 2:20 AM CST
Dont you just love that Astra Blue? I bought plants from a nursery at least 4 years ago. I am not sure if I ever let them go to seed and self sow.
Maybe other winter sowers will chime in with their experiences.
I think my plants just enlarge naturally.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 5, 2014 7:26 AM CST
I am hoping they will 'take' to our weather. I love Bellflowers of all sorts. I have tried Blue waterfall year after year but it never seems to return. Tried different spots in the garden even. I get the impression they like it dry.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 5, 2014 8:26 AM CST
That may well be Mary and I am thinking its too cold up where you are. I had a nice plug going in a tall container for 2 years.Last winter was the coldest on record especially March. The Blue Waterfalls is dead.
The parent I took it from is alive and well in a amended clay part shade garden.
I loved the way BWF spread in the pot and reached out.
I plan to put a FanFlower in the pot for the same effect but wont worry about not seeing it next year.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 5, 2014 10:27 AM CST
I really love that. Do you think it would survive if I put it in a pot like yours, and took it inside and kept in the crawl space where it is cool and dark. I water lightly my geraniums, begonia tubers over the winter maybe once a month down there.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
May 5, 2014 11:30 AM CST
I see no harm in trying that. The diameter of that pot is 16 inches.We had subzeros all winter and March never went above 20 for ages. I think in the ground had a warmer temp, plus its an 4 year old plant.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 5, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Subzero meaning below freezing, not below 0, as in -20F??
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
May 6, 2014 3:05 AM CST
Says it starts at Z3 you should be good in your zone.
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/CABW.html

I lost several campanulas. White clips was in a large planter 20 inch diameter. It hasnt showed up.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 6, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Now those are almost invasive here, the white and blue clips. But easily controlled. If you want clumps, I could send some. Thanks for the url. I will read up on them.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
May 6, 2014 9:29 AM CST
Not necessary to send any. I have decided to limit perennials in containers.
I have big clumps of Blue Clips.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 6, 2014 10:52 AM CST
Hokay. I figured that. Mine are just all over the garden to fill in. Started Black-Eyed Susan this year. Hope they will come back here. Can't remember if they are annuals or not. Will look it up.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 6, 2014 11:01 AM CST
Wen have BES They are the invasive kind everyone on the tract has some and few are gardeners. I think the developer planted them with the landscaping..
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
May 6, 2014 11:13 AM CST
Well that would seem to indicate perennial, at least there. I will keep an eye on them and dig up promptly if they appear invasive. Feverfew, which I really like, pops up all over the garden as does the blue and white clips. They surely send seeds as do the wild geraniums. More than I like and harder to dig up even small.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)

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