Balloon Vine is an annual tropical climber vine with ribbed stems.  The plant is also known as Cardiospermum halicacabum, Heartseed, or Love In A Puff.  The plant is native to Africa, the Caribbean, and tropical South America.  The vine has long, fern-like leaved vines that are loaded with small white flowers and fascinating green, balloon-like pods that look like miniature paper lanterns.  The flowers have four petals, are white, fragrant, and grow in clusters.  The plant is sensitive to cold, so wait until the weather has warmer to plant it outside. The plant flowers from late summer to fall. The balloon-like pod is a fruit that is green, drying to brown.  Allow the pods to dry on the plant; break them open to collect the seeds. Inside each pod, are tiny black seeds imprinted with perfect white hearts.  The plant is an enthusiastic grower and will clamber up a fence or trellis in no time. It will grow 6-10 feet.  Balloon Vine can be used in floral arrangements.  Plant it in full sun.  The plant also has medicinal properties.  The plant is hardy for zones 8-11.

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  • Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

  • Feb 22

    What zones can the California Lilac grow in. I live in zone 6, Kentucky. Thank you for helping me.

    The hardiness zones for this plant are 8 - 10.  There are different types of this plant so there might be one that works for you.  Here is more information.

  • Mar 15

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  • May 03

    Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but you seem to be knowledgable about the flowering plants.

    Most likely these two plants Lily of the valley and this flowering bonsai tree may share the same chemistry.

    Which fertilizer / condition do you recommend to bloom a flowering plant more? 

    Lily of the valley typically doesn’t need any fertilizer unless you have poor soil. If your soil lacks nutrients, you can add a slow-release granular fertilizer in the spring. For Bonsai plants, there is usually specific fertilizer for those plants.

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