Should I be worried...

AdamKR(5a - Wisconsin)August 28, 2011

I bought a Delphinium several weeks back and planted it. It had three beautiful stalks that flowered for a couple weeks after I planted it. After they bloomed the greens and stalks have turned brown and the plant almost looks dead (except for the bottom stalks appear somewhat green yet). Have a lost the plant or will it come back maybe next year?

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It depends on what delphinium it is perhaps. I cut mine after the blooming and majority of them make new basal leaves, but only some make new stalks and rebloom. At the moment I only have 3 reblooming out of 12 or so.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 4:03PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

wow ..

you bought a summer blooming perennial.. in late summer .. or a few weeks back as you say ...

and now it looks spent..

welllll ... yeah ...

many not are not winter hardy here in z5 .... or very short lived ...

snap us a pic ... and maybe we can help you try to get it thru winter ...

i dont suppose you know what kind of delph it is???? or have a pic of it in flower???

link below for posting pix


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 6:37PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Ken, how would you feel if someone talked to you like that? Lacking knowledge about some aspect of gardening does not make someone an idiot. You have some valuable input, a big beautiful yard, and interesting observations, no doubt, but I don't understand speaking to people so rudely and condescendingly.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 11:27AM
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I'm pretty sure Ken is trying to be funny as well as helpful; it's so hard to put a GRIN in written words. Am i right, Ken???

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 2:08PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Perhaps so, but it comes off as sarcastic...

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 3:17PM
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Ken is no doubt...

capable of making his own... explanations???

For his apparent incredulousness!!! at what other gardeners...

may or may not do or inquire about.

Personally, it's the style that is often off putting; too many teeny weeny sentence paragraphs that hammer you like a blunt instrument followed for some reason by an ellipsis. The ellipsis (...) can be handy, but it is meant to signal a pause or intentional ommission.

Oh well. :-)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 3:41PM
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oh ..

cut the poor fellow a break...

you know?

For Adam - if there's no basal foliage growth evident by frost, I'd be somewhat concerned. But you'll probably have to wait for next spring to be sure. Delphiniums tend to be short-lived perennials, at least in my area, so it's good to sow seeds every spring/early summer in order to have a blooming population every year.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 5:00PM
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harleylady(PNW/USDA 8b/Sunset 6)

Something you might want to check is the depth at which you planted them. They should be planted at the same depth they were in the pots as the crowns don't like to be buried and you'll get die back if you planted them too deep.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 6:05PM
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AdamKR(5a - Wisconsin)

I have no problems with Ken's message take it easy guys... I did buy the plant somewhat late but like I said it did bloom very well until it died back and now almost looks dead. I will get a picture of it tomorrow... I am warning you, it won't be pretty.

Also the type of Delphinium I have is Elatum "Aurora Light Purple".

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 10:07PM
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AdamKR(5a - Wisconsin)

This is what's left of it...

Very sad indeed.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Delph

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:06PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

It looks kind of like it didn't get enough water and too much sun, so fried (being a new plant). That doesn't mean it won't come back next year, though. Water it well! Unless the roots have already dried up, you have a chance.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 12:23AM
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AdamKr, am I seeing correctly that you have planted your delphinium against a wall? If so, this is a 'deadly sin'. Delphiniums hate to be baked. It will be always too dry at the wall and the plant will NEVER be free from mildew.(the same applies to tall phloxes)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 5:42AM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I was looking at the leaves and didn't even notice the wall, but Wieslaw is correct...even though your plant is near the downspout, the heat reflecting off the wall will fry it to a crisp. In addition, it likely won't get enough snow cover, being under the eaves, so will probably have too many freeze-thaw cycles to survive. And if it does survive all that, there's not enough space for the plant, and you'll be constantly fighting to keep the flower stems from leaning forward to the sun. So, in the case that it is alive, you should move it before winter.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 11:55AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I agree, it looks like it could be a double-whammy. Baking most of the time, with occasional drowning conditions from the downspout, although it's hard to tell how fast the water would flow away from there or if it would pool in the area before doing so. What direction is that wall? If it's north or east, baking might be less of a factor than not enough/consistent enough moisture to establish, or poor drainage which can be common next to a wall. I see green on a stem. Certainly worth trying to save.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 1:01PM
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AdamKR(5a - Wisconsin)

Really appreciate the feedback. And I will say I think you guys/gals are correct with it baking. This spot gets almost full sun from morning til late afternoon. I also think I should of watered it more. I almost was thinking about letting it die or if it does end up dying planting something else. What kinds of flowers would be good for a spot like this??

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 7:18PM
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