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flowers beautify the summer garden with showy, spiky blooms on a tall,
sometimes towering stem. Delphiniums come in a range of shades. Many gardeners
wonder how to grow delphinium and some avoid planting them after hearing that
the plant is difficult to grow. What are the secrets to the correct care of
delphinium? Read more for tips about delphinium planting and how to get the
best performance from growing delphinium plants.
One commonly thinks of delphinium
plants ( )
as having true blue flowers, which is the most common color. But numerous
hybrids are available in shades of pink, lavender, red, white and yellow.
Blooms may be single or double.
Delphinium planting is normally
at the back of the bed, where flower spikes can reach 2 to 6 feet tall.
Delphinium flowers are often planted in masses or groups. Shorter varieties are useful in other areas
of the garden.
Fill a seed tray to within 1/2 inch of the top with sterile
seed-starting compost. Mist the compost with water until the top 1 inch feels
wet and let it soak in for five minutes before sowing the delphinium seeds.
Place the delphinium seeds on the surface of the compost,
spacing them one inch apart. Cover them with a 1/4-inch-thick layer of
seed-starting compost. Mist it with water and gently firm the surface.
Place the seed tray outdoors in a sheltered, lightly shaded garden
area where temperatures stay between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the
day. Provide warmth with a propagation mat if the weather is unusually cool.
Maintain a light level of constant moisture in the top 1 inch of
compost while the delphinium seeds germinate. Let the surface dry slightly
between waterings to keep the seeds from rotting.
Watch for germination in 10 to 20 days. Water carefully after germination
to prevent fungal infections. Drizzle the water directly onto the compost
rather than watering from above.
Grow the delphinium seedlings in their nursery tray until they
reach at least 1 inch tall and have two pairs of true leaves. Scoop out the
seedlings and transplant them into individual 3-inch pots filled with potting
Keep the delphinium seedlings well-watered for the rest of the
summer. Feed them with 12-12-12 fertilizer diluted to one-fourth strength six
weeks before transplanting them.
Place the pots at the intended planting site every day. Extend
the time by one hour every day for one week. This acclimates the delphiniums to
normal outdoors conditions before you transplant them.
Plant the delphiniums in a partly shady bed with deep, moist and
fast-draining soil. Space the plants approximately one foot apart. Mulch
heavily and water regularly during dry weather.
Care for Plants
Grow delphinium plants in a sunny
area with soil that is consistently moist. Don’t let them dry out. Mulch helps
retain moisture and keeps roots cool. Performance of this specimen is enhanced
when growing delphinium plants in neutral to slightly alkaline soil pH. Soil
should be well-draining.
Care of delphinium should include
regular fertilization in spring when the plant begins to grow, and during the
flowering period. Work in well-composted organic material such as rotted cow manure, or use a basic 10-10-10 granular fertilizer. Yellowing
foliage or stunted growth often indicates the plant needs more fertilizer.
Sun exposure is another aspect of
care of delphinium that the gardener must get right for the showy blooms to
appear. Gentle morning sun is preferable to the delphinium plants, which are
picky about extreme differences in temperatures. Provide afternoon shade,
especially when planted in hotter zones.
All seeds will come in a resalable
plastic zip lock bag wrapped in a protectant so the seeds are not damaged by
shipping machines. All seed packets contain no fillers or other weeds or seeds
mixed in. Most have been harvested by hand & all test at a high germination
counts should be considered estimates as the seeds is packaged by hand, there
is 2-3 more or less in a bag. We do our best to ensure accuracy and will
often add extra seeds. However, all estimates are final.
Seeds will ship without tracking numbers. Items
will be shipped 1-3 business days of receiving payment. Plants will be shipped
via USPS. Shipping usually takes anywhere from 3-5 days.
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Important, Please read
All seeds have been test sown to ensure germination.
Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your
seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing
instructions can be found under each listing.
We Cannot Guarantee how much you will be able
to grow, as too many variables come into play, soil condition, your ability to
garden, weather etc. I guarantee that they arrive as described and are in good
viable condition and the germination rates are accurate.