Which Delphinium seeds?

LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

Ive never grown Delphiniums before and I fancy sowing some seeds this spring. But im unsure which veriety to buy. Crocus have the Centurian Blue F1 which look nice, but they are £5 for 10 seeds. 

So im after some advice on which Delphiniums people here have grown well from seed?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Open pollinated ones are cheaper but what you get is in the lap of the gods-an F1 will do what is says on the packet

    It depends what you want

    Incidentally you are unlikely to get them in flower for this year-but they will do next yearimage

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    Ahh, didnt realise they wouldnt flower this year, thanks. So are they bi-annual like Foxgloves?

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Now they are perennials- but are unlikely to flower in the first year the later the sowing and we are getting into that periodimage

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    Ok, thanks. Perhaps I'll sow some seeds for next year, but also buy some plants for this year. 

    Thanks geoffimage

  • I haven't the room for great big delphiniums but I usually grow a dwarf variety  delphinium chinensis blue butterfly (as an annual) from seed. It flowers the first year and does best in pots.


    trying a new one this year naudicaule red fox



    both are quite small, supposed to be perennial but I've not managed to get the blue one through winter yet,,,they look great in pots.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198

    I have grown delphiniums from seed from packet called "Blue Mountains" - they were not F1's but all came up various shades of blue - they were from one of the main seed suppliers (unwins/suttons/T&M - can't remember which, but they were from a GC). 

    Mine did not flower when you would expect them to in the first year, but a few flowered in September.  They all bloomed in May/June the following year, and are still going strong (yr 4).  They are not the monster tall ones - about 4 feet.

    Hope you have success - delphs are my all time favourite !

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,198

    Sorry - got the name wrong - they were "Blue Fountains"

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 851

    By chance I was going through my seed tin today and came accross some Delphinuim seeds given to me by a neighbour in 2008 that I had forgotten about. Who reckons they will be any good? They have been kept dry but im unsure..



  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    LeadFarmer, theres no harm in trying, I've sowed some foxglove seeds that were meant to be sown by 2005 last year (given to me by an old bloke I know) and some grew, some didn't, but it's worth having a go and much cheaper than buying them in shops image

  • I planted giant paciffic in oct last year and have loads left. Your welcome to some if you want? They are tall blue, white, lilacy colours. They are a mix. Im not sure if mine will flower this year but they are standing at about 10-12 inches in 8 inch pots. If you would like some...pm me your address an I will get them to you image
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