The graceful shrub comes exclusively from the Asian continent and finds its classification in the specific and relatively large grouping of the Campanulaceae family. This magnificent plant is traditionally appreciated in the oriental context, especially in the Japanese territory, and is distinguished by the lively and unmistakable inflorescences with immaculate and rosaceous, violet and blue hues. It must be generously sprayed during the spring and especially summer seasons, even at midweek frequencies where necessary, while wetting will be reduced or suspended during the cold periods of the year. During the watering of the Platycodon, the utmost care will be taken not to completely soak the soil, nor to cause puddles and stagnations capable of endangering the delicate roots and beards of the plant.
The delightful Platycodon will find an excellent position in landscaping flower beds and verdant spaces, but it can nevertheless be placed in containers in the home. In all cases, a soft earth, not very cohesive and full of organic substances, must be prepared, to which peat and gravelly components must preferably be added to ensure correct and efficient drainage. Frequent pruning operations will prove superfluous, as the simple and quick removal of old and withered parts of the herbaceous plant is sufficient. Repotting works, on the other hand, will be carried out with the first spring warmth but only if strictly necessary, or if the roots have completely filled the container and make regular feeding of the shrub difficult.
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Fertilization and fertilization
Wherever the chosen arrangement is, the ornamental plant will be regularly fertilized, in order to take the necessary nutrients. It will be constantly fertilized during the spring and summer months, even in the first days of October, with interruption of the work in the cold period. It will be preferable to use liquid fertilizers, conveniently dissolved in the spraying water, however the use of solid, granular fertilizer with prolonged and constant release should not be excluded, at obviously more spaced frequencies. The fertilizer will be specific for the Platycodon plant and must provide a clear preponderance of the potassium component, suitable for luxuriant flowering, compared to the other nitrogenous and phosphorated macro-components, and also the presence of all the microelements essential for the development of the shrub.
Platycodon: Exposure and Diseases
The decorative plant will appreciate a sunny and adequately lit habitat, with direct exposure to the sun's rays for a few hours of the day, nevertheless it will easily adapt to accommodation in partially shady areas, even if never in full shade. Vigorous and resilient, it will normally tolerate adverse climatic conditions and will need protection, with appropriate and suitable materials, only in the presence of particularly rigid temperatures. Finally, the charming Platycodon will rarely be subject to molds and rot, often attributable to excess watering or insufficient drainage of the growing earth, but it can be insidiously attacked by common gastropods. In this situation, the use of natural and biological treatments or aids to eliminate the threat should be preferred.