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Giant Imperial Mix Larkspur

Resembles its perennial cousin the delphinium in bloom but is more delicate. The foliage is quite feathery and light and the colors range from deep blue to pale blue, pink, lilac, and white. These 3 to 4-foot plants need support if stalks are to grow straight. Fantastic drying flower, colors dry vividly and quickly. 

60 seeds

 

PLANTING

Delphinium consolida

Annual

Germination:14-21 days

Germination Temperature:Optimum soil temperatures 50-55ºF. 

Seed Planting Depth: Sow ¼” deep

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.Cold treat seed by sowing into moist soil or paper towel, wrap in a clear plastic bag and place in refrigerator for 2 weeks.  Provide50-55ºFsoil temperatures until germination. Using peat, cow, or paper pots can help with the stress of transplanting, they grow delicate roots and successful transplanting may be challenging.Transplant 6-8” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow in early spring or fall

Growth Habit:Upright, branching

Height and Width:3-4’ by 12”

Spacing:6-8” apart

Light Needs: Full sun

Soil Needs:Fertile, well-drained 

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in 80-90 days

Uses:Fresh cut or dried flowers, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

Care:  Amend the soil with compost before transplanting or sowing. Plant in areas with good air circulation, do not overcrowd.May require staking. For fresh-cut flower harvest when 1/2 the flowers have opened. To dry, strip leaves and hang in small bunches in a cool dry area. 

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LN
07/01/2021
Linda N.
United States
Larkspur

Waiting for most to flower. All germinated and are growing well even in the awful heat. Can't wait!

LH
05/19/2021
Linda H.
United States United States
Waiting for my Blooms

Hi - thanks for checking in. The Spring season in Illinois is running a little late this year. My seeds are waiting to be planted outside, and I look forward to seeing my beautiful Larkspur flowers by mid or late June.