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Delphinium, Fantasia Mixed Colors

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Fantastic, upright delphinium that needs no staking.

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Burpee bred semidwarf plants produce 15" main spikes with many smaller 10" side branches. Colorful flower spikes of white, lavender and blue shades, all accented with white "bees", that cover the flower stems. Grow In full sun to partial shade in soil that is fertile and cool. Perennial in USDA Zones 3-7; farther north, treat as hardy annuals.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-7

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

26-30 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer

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Introduction to Perennials
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Delphinium: Indoor or Direct Sow or Potted Plant Perennial

How to Sow and Plant

Delphinium may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or grown from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow seeds indoors 8 weeks before last spring frost
  • Sow 1/8 inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 21-28 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Choose a location in full sun or light shade with a cool, moist organic soil.
  • In milder areas, sow directly in the garden in mid to late summer.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and cover with 1/8 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 21-28 days.
  • Thin to at least 18 inches apart when seedlings have three sets of leaves.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun or light shade with a cool, moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Tall cultivars must be staked or the flower spikes will break in stormy weather.
  • Cut back flower stalks after blooming.

Growing Tips

  • Plants need extra watering in dry, hot weather,
  • Delphiniums make splendid cut flowers.
  • Delphinium plants are striking in the back of the border, in cottage gardens, or as accent plants.
Zone
3-7
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
26-30 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Spring
Resistant To
Deer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Delphinium
Life Cycle
Perennial
Delphinium, Fantasia Mixed Colors is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Staking I have had this in my Chicago garden for 3 years and it reliably comes back and I have not had to stake it.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from few seedlings most of these seeds didn't germinate even with heat, light and burpee's seedstarter
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delphinium Diamonds I'm disappointed as it looks as if these aren't going to survive. I figured since they were perennials I could put them outside. They were in a shaded area and I brought them in at night, but they turned pale leaves and a lot died. They look very sad. Was it wrong to put them outside so soon? The Delphinium Fantasia are doing much better.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good plants These will need staking though. I have them co-planted with foxglove, iris, and blue hardy cranesbill. Deer show no interest. They have returned two years in a row, and bloomed their first year despite a drought.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic fantasia! Purchased 6 plants last spring because of the 'no staking needed' claim. Not only did they not need staking, they bloomed all season! I mean they didn't stop. It was the first year for my other Delphs, from garden centers,also but the fantasias completely showed them up. Never let those tiny arrivals deceive you... They are little powerhouses. 18 more plants are on there way!
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beatiful colors Although only three of the six plants came back the next year, they are gorgeous. The prettiest is the light blue with shades of lavender. See picture of these with the lavender lisianthus.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Germination issues Now, these are beautiful plants however, for me, these may well be ones I have to buy as small plants as last years seed pack produced only two plants. Maybe my seed medium was not good enough as a few flower seeds did struggle, but really I think these will only reward those who truely do plant & tend carefully. The two which frew are looking good right now.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Recommended, but with a warning I received an order for 6 Delphinium plants. The plants looked fairly healthy, albeit a little on the small side. The problem is that they are planted in a six pack container that has a stiff black strip crisscrossing each section. In order for the Delphinium to be removed, the strips have to be broken off. This is no easy task when the plants have long stems that are growing around one another. By the time I managed to remove the plants, one had only two leaves left. I have never encountered such a strange setup when removing plants from a six pack. Burpee did acknowledge my email about this. They said next time I could try cutting the six packs to remove the plants. So word of warning, make sure you have strong sheers and some patience!
Date published: 2010-04-26
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