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Delphinium, Summer Skies
Elegant spikes for the June garden.
Immense, graceful light to medium blue spikes with white "bees". If sown early, blooms first year from early summer till frost. GARDEN HINTS: Grows best in part to full sun. Thrives in rich, deeply worked soil. Prefers cool, moist summer nights. Spacing 2'. Perennial in zones 3-7. Treat as hardy annuals farther north.
Direct Sow delphinium seeds directly in the ground in mid to late summer or Start indoors about 8 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds 1/8" deep in seed Starting formula. Keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 21-28 days. Before transfer to garden accustom to outdoor conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week. Delphinium plants require cool, moist, rich soil in full sun or light shade. They need extra watering in dry, hot weather. Taller cultivars must be staked, or the flower spikes will break in stormy weather. Cut back flower stalks after blooming.
Delphinium plants are stunning for the back of the border, in cottage gardens, or as accent plants. They also make splendid cut flowers.