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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: 23,783

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

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,079

    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

    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,294

    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.



    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364

    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.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • 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: 1,364


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

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,783

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

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • 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: 23,783

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

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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