Bloom Season: Summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care, readily seeds out

Water: Medium

Height: 4-6 feet

Width: Various, depends on variety

Exposure: Sun to part shade

Available Size: Blue Lace

                          Innocence (white)

General Information: 

Delphiniums, also known as larkspurs, are stunning perennial flowers that are highly sought after for their vibrant colors and tall, elegant spikes. They are a favorite among gardeners and flower enthusiasts due to their striking appearance and ability to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

 Delphiniums thrive in full sun, so it is important to choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Additionally, delphiniums prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, it is recommended to amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage.

One of the most crucial aspects of growing delphiniums is providing them with proper support. Because of their tall growth habit, delphiniums have a tendency to become top-heavy and may require staking to prevent them from bending or breaking in the wind. This can be achieved by using bamboo stakes or installing a trellis system to provide support as the plants grow.

Watering is another important factor to consider when growing delphiniums. These flowers have moderate water needs and should be watered regularly, especially during dry periods. A good rule of thumb is to water deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Fertilizing delphiniums is essential for promoting healthy growth and abundant blooms. A balanced fertilizer with a ratio of 10-10-10 or 14-14-14 can be applied in early spring and again in mid-summer to provide the plants with the necessary nutrients. It is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and frequency to avoid overfertilization, which can result in excessive foliage growth and reduced flower production.

As with any plant, delphiniums are susceptible to pests and diseases. Common pests that may affect delphiniums include aphids, slugs, and snails. Regular monitoring and prompt action can help prevent infestations. In terms of diseases, delphiniums are prone to powdery mildew, which can be controlled by ensuring good air circulation around the plants and avoiding overhead watering.



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