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How To Grow Delphiniums The delphinium is a genus of fully thardy perennials, so much admired particularly in the cottage garden setting. Delphiniums are tall, majestic plants with showy open flowers on branching spikes. Each flower has 5 petal-like sepals with 2 or 4 true petals in the centre called a bee. Delphinium species include all three primary colours, blue, red, and yellow. Hybridisation of delphiniums has resulted in many new colours and attractive flower forms and growing heights. Flower colours range in shades of blue from palest sky, through to gentian and indigo; rich purple, lavender, pink to purest white. The modern delphinium is the result of hybridisation of delphinium species from wide and varied parts of the world. Crosses made by growers keen to improve specimens they were able to acquire have resulted in the modern plants, which are truly spectacular. In England Blackmore and Langdon, nurseryman and leading breeders of Delphiniums continued this work from early in the 20th century producing named varieties of large well-formed delphiniums. Others have also added their skills and developed the most dramatic and eye-catching plants to grace our gardens. Many are varieties that are disease resistant, offering protection against both powdery mildew and black spot. They are good cut flowers and will last about 6 to 8 days in a vase. Delphiniums give their best performance in well-drained soils in full sun but they can be grown in dappled or part shade. They are heavy feeders and therefore quire extra nutrients particularly in early spring and later in the season. Mulching with manure at the start of the season and a liquid feed every two to three weeks throughout the summer will giving them a rich diet for the development of their flowers. Stunted growth and yellow foliage are signs the plants need additional fertilizer.
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Some varieties of delphiniums may grow up to 6 ft. (180cm) tall, making them excellent background plants. The Chinese delphinium (Delphinium grandiflorum) grows 2 to 3 ft. (60cm-90cm) tall and therefore suited to the middle or front of the perennial border. Just like most other varieties, it will bloom throughout the summer if the plants are cut back regularly.  Pests and Problems Slugs unfortunately relish delphiniums. At the first sign of spring your plants will be bursting into life - and they will need protection from these slimy creatures otherwise they may not survive to grace your garden. Many people will automatically reach for the slug pellets, these do work of course but they are life threatening to other creatures in the garden, other creatures that we would like to encourage because they work with us, helping to eliminate other pests around our gardens. Beer traps work well, just put some beer into a shallow container that has steep sides, the slugs love the stuff and when they have drunk their fill they simply drown. Seeing their stranded brethren does not seem to deter their fellow snails from slithering into the same fate.  Another good trap is to place a half of either grapefruit or melon skin with the flesh removed. Place them upside down on the ground; here the slugs gather over night; these can be collected the next morning and disposed of We grow Delphinium Elatum and the New Millennium Delphinium. They are hardy, and with some care they are long-lived specimens.  General Care of New Millennium Delphiniums In England, where taller border delphiniums with handsome, long, flowering spikes were long ago anointed queen of the garden, the New Millennium series has drawn comments like “quantum jump” and “excellent display.” Top of the range, these delphiniums are of the "English Hybrid Type", which are mostly very hardy, strong stemmed delphiniums, with magnificent heavily petalled flowers. The New Millennium series has the virtues of improved winter hardiness and a sturdy growth habit. They are generally regarded as far superior to "Pacific Giants" and many other commercially available types. General Care of Delphinium Elatum After blooming, cut back the plant between three to six inches from the ground and dispose of all old foliage. Do not cut off any new foliage that is close to the ground. Doing this will encourage re-bloom in the autumn. Do not cover or protect them in the winter, as the snow insulates them. It takes about two years for delphiniums to become fully established. If you wish to divide them, it may be done after five years. It is best done in early spring when the plant is three inches high. If you have a problem with slugs, Powdery mildew can be problem in a dry garden. Keep your delphiniums well watered as they are growing. Perennials need one inch of water per week. Soil Preparation Dig about eighteen inches deep and three feet wide and mix compost or worm castings into your soil. They are heavy feeders and require a spring feeding every year to produce tall bloom spikes, so add composted manure or worm castings every spring. The organic liquid supplement, “Orgunique” also works well. When the bloom spikes begin to show buds, apply again. Planting Gently tease the roots loose if they are tightly wound. When planting do not cover the crown of the plant. If you do, it will rot. Sprinkle some blood fish and bone ferterlizer at the bottom of the hole. Place the delphinium in the hole then water the roots and allow the water to filter into the soil before completely back-filling to the existing soil level. Water again. When placing the delphinium in your garden, allow a three foot diameter of space for future growth. They need good air circulation to prevent problems of mildew and fungal disease from occurring. Staking They need to be staked to prevent the tall bloom spikes from breaking. We have found the best plant support system is a grid system with two powder coated steel stakes. The circular grid holds each bloom individually. This plant support system should be placed around the middle of May to allow the plant to grow through the grid. As it grows up through the grid, slide the grid up the two stakes. General Care After blooming, cut back the plant between three to six inches from the ground and dispose of all old foliage. Do not cut off any new foliage that is close to the ground.
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Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Position : Sun Height : 4-6 feet
Delphinium New Millenium Pink Punch
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium  Position : Sun Height : 4-6 feet
Delphinium New Millenium Dusky Maiden
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium  Position : Sun Height : 4-6 feet
Delphinium New Millenium Blue Lace
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium  Position : Sun Height : 4-6 feet
Scientific Name : Delphinium Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium  Position : Sun Height : 24-60 inches
Delphinium New Millenium 'Double Innocence'
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Delphinium Elatum Blueberry Pie
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Delphinium Elatum Morning Sunrise
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
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Delphinium Elatum Bollero
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Delphinium Elatum Cha Cha
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Delphinium Elatum Flamenco
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium Fertilizer : Spring and Summer Height : 30 - 40" (76 - 102cm) Width : 16 - 20" (41 - 51cm) Position : Sun
Delphinium New Millenium Pagan Purples
Common Name : Larkspur Blooming Season : Spring, Summer Plant Habit : Upright Water : Medium  Position : Sun Height : 4-6 feet
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Delphinium Elatum Sweet Sensation
Delphinium Elatum Sungleam
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