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I have heard that Delphiniums are a short-lived plant. Exactly how would short lived be defined? Two seasons?

by M L

I have hard that Delphiniums are a short-lived plant. How long can I expect mine to live? I've had them one year so far.

Also, does anyone else have trouble getting them to start from seed?


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I personally use territorial seeds, seeds of change, and renee's garden seeds. I can't wait to hear about the process of growing them! Keep us updated and don't give up!
Sprite
dig the dirt editor commented on 05/19/10
Wondering if the quality of the seeds you are using is the problem... Also, they need a deep bed to grow in so their roots can really spread out, spaced 12" apart once the are about 4" tall.
Sprite
dig the dirt editor commented on 05/19/10
Do you have a recommendation for a source for good seed? I've tried T&M, FerryMorse, and Burpee. The failure to thrive syndrome has been the case for all. If you have a source you think is the best, please tell me. It's become a mission now, to grow some from seed and have them live! LOL The plants I have in the garden now are from a nursery and they are fine but I will not rest until I can grow Delphinium from seed. ; )
Sprite
M L replied: on 05/19/10
I have heard that they are a big pain to start from seed- kind of a project.
Sprite
Seedling commented on 05/18/10
That has been my experience, too. I did the chilling of the seeds, albeit, not for the longest period FigTree suggested amd I got quite a number which opened. But I have not been able to get them to remain alive to be large enough to plant out. Am I missing something?
Sprite
M L replied: on 05/18/10
Your delphinium should last about 3-5 years! A couple of tips to help make them last: <br/> <br/>* feed them regularly! Make sure to give them a feeding of fish emulsion once a month- they are greedy little plants. <br/> <br/>*Stake them! They get leggy and fall over- this will help that problem. <br/> <br/>*If you are starting them from seed, you must pre-chill the seeds for 60-90 days before planting. Then plant them in flats and sprinkle a bit of soil over them. You should see them sprouting in about 2 weeks.
Sprite
FigTree commented on 05/17/10
Thanks, FigTree. I will feed my Delphiniums with the fish emulsion and stake them. Now, I've pre-chilled the seeds and had many open, but after that, I can't seem to get them to the point of being large and hardy enough to go outdoors. What am I missing? I love the color and look of these particular flowers but so far, they just don't seem too cooperative.
Sprite
M L replied: on 05/18/10

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