Gardening in Apartments forum: Dwarf "sentimental blue" potted plant

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Name: Jennie
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Jennie32
Aug 18, 2016 6:56 AM CST
I have no idea about gardening! And I just got given this beautiful potted plant by my date ❤️ Which by searching google I discovered is a Chinese bell flower. I want to nurture it the right way. I found care guidelines here on the NGA website, most helpfully! it thrives in direct sunlight and likes moist soil only. Is it necessary to dead-head? A couple of the flowers are brown on the edges and wilting! Is this normal? My date says I should talk to the plant and tell it positive things Smiling I will try but I need a little practical guidance too haha!
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 19, 2016 9:06 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Is it this one? Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue')
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Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Sep 17, 2016 9:40 PM CST
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Phenolic
Oct 14, 2016 11:35 PM CST
Jennie32 said:I have no idea about gardening! And I just got given this beautiful potted plant by my date ❤️ Which by searching google I discovered is a Chinese bell flower. I want to nurture it the right way. I found care guidelines here on the NGA website, most helpfully! it thrives in direct sunlight and likes moist soil only. Is it necessary to dead-head? A couple of the flowers are brown on the edges and wilting! Is this normal? My date says I should talk to the plant and tell it positive things Smiling I will try but I need a little practical guidance too haha!


Dead heading might improve the appearance of the plant, but it isn't necessary. I grow Platycodon grandiflorus in the ground, so my experience might not apply to specimens grown in containers.

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