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Delphinium pruning advice

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
Hi, what should I do with these delphinium plants? Are you meant to let them seed/is it good to? They’ve been like this a while… or should I chop them down now? Where to? The one doesn’t have many leaves lower down now… thanks!
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,883
    Cut the flowering stalk of at the base. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    Thanks @Lyn - there will be hardly anything left, is this normal? What do I do with the seed pods? Thanks 😊
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    @Lyn cut it just above the soil? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    Just cut wherever the main stem finishes above any foliage. You don't need to be too exact though - it just tidies the plant up and saves it wasting energy on seed production.
    That helps the plant focus on it's root system instead   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    Super, thanks @Fairygirl 😊 x
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    @Fairygirl @Lyn and anyone else… I followed the advice… this is my delphinium now… is that new delphinium growth I can see? Is this normal? Do I need to do anything else with my original plant? It looks in a bit of a sorry state - unless it’s meant to go like that… thanks, trying to learn! Any advice appreciated 😊
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  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    This is the other one 🙁
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    You need to cut off all those long, dead and unproductive,  stems. They're of no benefit to the plant now  :)

    Yes, that's new growth at the base in the first pic, and the 2nd.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 323
    @Fairygirl thank you. I’m sure I was told to cut the stems off to first leaf which is what I did… shall I just cut to the ground so there’s nothing there? Is it normal for the delphinium to have new growth like that at this time of year? There’s nothing near the other one… thank you 😊
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