Red hot pokers

Hi all, 

I'm new when it comes to gardening. To be truthful I started 6 months ago and it's becoming a passion. 

My problem is that my red hot pokers have been a total let down, they flowered (of sorts) but only reached a measly 6 inches in hight. I've tried moving them to a sunnier position with no change, dead headed them, fed them and I just don't know what else I could do. 

Any help will be greatly appreciated, 



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,230

    Now I would leave them and wait until next year. They can take time to get going.

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 1,991

    As BL says, they can take 2 or 3 years to settle in and begin to flower reliably and attractively. Have they got good drainage where they are now? They don't like wet feet

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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,236

    Check which variety you have.

    There are some which are very robust which should do well in the 2nd year.  Other types are a bit thin and weak and need  a bit more care and attention IME.

  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 332

    Hi Paul,

    I've found that slugs and snails are a bit partial to red hot pokers. If yours are struggling to get going they could be the culprit.



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  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,019

    Yes they are slug food.  I had some plants that kept getting chomped as tiny plants, but now seem to be tough enough not to be palatable to slugs. They have not flowered yet .

    I see Philipa Smith 2 has had the same experience.

  • Thanks for all the responses, 

    I thought that it could be it being the first season, but all the other plants are going great guns. I had a aphid invasion that decimated my lupins, but I isolated them and had no other problems. Also an ant problem on my cardoons, but they seem to have gone on their holidays for now. Luckily I don't have a slug problem which is lucky. 

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,019


    The ones I had were dried out tubers  in a bag for 50p in the bargain tub in B & Q. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,230

    Some plants flower in the first season and others don't.

  • I spoke too soon, they are past their best,  but still look ok. A little small but ok for a newbie!


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,230

    That's good for the first year. Mine are well over, but there were several in flower at Bressingham Gardens.

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