If you are looking for a really unique plant for your garden choose the showy, playful Astra Pink Balloon Flower. Its sweet, light-pink blooms are bell shaped and upward facing. Each flower is three inches across with five lobes that are broad and pointed. It has green foliage on branching stems that grow 8-10 inches high. The plant blooms in midsummer and flowers continuously until frost.
This compact, dwarf herbaceous perennial has a mounded, uniform, well-branched habit. It is an excellent hardy, pest- and disease- resistant choice for your garden. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and attracts bees. Faultless for the front of the border, you may also use it in a mass planting. It is perfect in rock gardens, gravel gardens, and cottage gardens. Its dwarf size makes it an easy choice for containers, taking the role of ‘filler’ in a combination pot. As a cut flower it adds joy to a bouquet.
Astra Pink Balloon Flower Care
Avoid planting it in a damp site. Dig a hole the same depth and wider than the rootball. Remove the plant from the pot, being careful not to disturb the roots. Plant with the ground soil level even with the pot soil level. Maintain an even amount of water before and after planting. Add mulch to retain the moisture. Do not fertilize if the soil is rich as too much nitrogen causes legginess. Otherwise, give it an all-purpose, slow-release granular fertilizer in early spring. It adapts well to most soil types and thrives in part sun to sun.
Deadhead to prolong blooming. Cut back to the base in fall. At that time, mark the location of the plant because it emerges late in spring and an impatient gardener may disturb the roots. It is important to leave this plant undisturbed once established because it has a fragile, fleshy root system. When growing them in containers, choose pots with drainage holes. Keep them uniformly moist, not soggy. Remember that containers dry out quicker than ground soil.
Astra Pink Balloon Flower Spacing
Plant your balloon flowers in groups for the best effect. Space them 6-8 inches apart to allow for their mature dimensions. Choose containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep to accommodate the roots.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.