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Tellima Grandiflora supposed to be droopy?!

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My Tellima Grandiflora used to stand up straight but has since drooped! It's watered daily now the weather's a little warmer and it lives in a mostly shady spot (it gets about an hour of mid afternoon sun a day). I am a bit of a worrywart with my plants but I can't see a single photo of a  horizontal rather than vertically-orientated Tellima online anywhere! Is this normal? Some of the lower leaves are yellow. 




  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    Hi Carly,

    I have recently acquired this plant and my flower spikes are around 45cm ish. I also visited a hotel which had a beautiful garden with lots of Tellima and it looked well established and its flower spikes were also around 45cm or a little more.

    However from what I can see from your photo, your flower spikes look a lot longer (quite leggy) and it looks like it would struggle to stand vertical. Have you fertilized them recently maybe? Could you have over fertilized maybe?

  • CarlybugCarlybug Posts: 9

    Hi, thank you for replying!

    I've had it since mid April, the compost I potted it in contained a slow release fertiliser but I haven't fertilised it since then - it was really little when I bought it and has since grown really quickly. It was in a sunnier position for a while, I thought perhaps it was too hot but it doesn't seem to have changed much since moving to a shadier position. 

    I'm not quite sure what to do with it really! 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    I'd cut the flowers off, the leaves lookOK.

    I should think Craig is right

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I have this in my woody area, and noticed today the flowers had drooped.  Just assumed this was because they are done flowering for the season and starting to die off.  Might be wrong though.  They've been out a few weeks now and they don't seem to last much longer than that in my garden.  I just assumed they were spring flowers..

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    Yea I agree with nutculet. I'd cut each flower spike down to the base and leave the rest of the leaves there. Your stems are really really long and the flowers start really far up it which means the weight of the flowers are going to make the stem topple over.

    The flowers on mine start a lot closer to the ground than yours so somehow yours has definately gotten leggy.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    that looks lovely! Love this plant :)

  • CarlybugCarlybug Posts: 9

    Wow that looks beautiful! They really are lovely. 

    Thank you all for your advice - I've cut the flowers back and will move into a larger pot so hopefully the new growth that's coming through will have a bit more support. 

    Thank you again, hope it's a nice sunny Sunday wherever you all are! 

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    It is a gorgeous sunny day here in Leicester. I'm visiting Barnsdale Gardens where they filmed gardeners world with Geoff Hamilton. Its stunning here I would definately recommend it!

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