Balloon Vine

Certified Organic Seed

Cardiospermum halicacabum

This old fashioned ornamental vine gives the gardener love right back.

Here at the Hudson Valley Seed Company, we love seeds, and plants that climb, and seed pods you can dry. This old-fashioned ornamental vine gives us the triple love right back. Known variously as Balloon Vine, Love-in-a-Puff, and Heart Seed, the paper lantern-like seed pods of Cardiospermum halicacabum (Cardio = heart, sperma = seed) carry three matte black seeds, each imprinted with their own white hearts. Who says plants can't show affection to their caregivers?

White flowers give way to green puffs, which hold three new heart-emblazoned seeds that are a cinch to save.


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Direct sow after frost, or start indoors a few weeks earlier. Vines can grow to 8-10'–trellising required. Balloon Vine enjoys sun and rich, moist soil. May self-sow in the Northeast; not recommended for warmer areas.

Days to Germination 14-21
Days to Maturity 98
Planting Depth ½"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 18-24"
Height at Maturity 8-10'
Width at Maturity 18"

Artwork by Cal Patch. Her handmade apron is decorated with cross-stitched lettering and embroidered pods. It allows those who wear it to keep seeds close their hearts in the garden, in the studio, and in the kitchen.

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