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Delphiniums question

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

Hi all

I am going to have various questions as I'm having a lot of problems with the gardening! It's tiring me out - the weeding, moving stuff etc.

Anyway first one is about my delphiniums grown from seed last year. I planted them on the rockery a few months ago. Three spikes broke despite staking them and I put them in a vase. Will they regrow and are they perrenial? Thinking of moving them - would back of a border be better?imageimage


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,323

    They will re-grow, although probably not till next year.

    They are perennial.

    They are probably best at the back of the border, but I would not move until the autumn.

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thank you Punkdoc for that advice. I'll leave them as they are until later. So just to clarify they only put up one spike per year? Like lilies, tulips etc i,e. if the stalk breaks it doesn't grow back that year?

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Delphiniums can send up a second flush in some years if you cut the spikes back to the base after flowering.  Because of that, they might well flower again if you cut the broken stems riight back but, because they are young plants, I would leave them as the stems have leaves which are helping to build the roots up for next year.

    Last edited: 28 May 2017 20:03:08

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thank you Bobgthegardener. I think it was a bit stupid of me to put them on the rockery.

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