Can anyone tell me if these are going to be the flowers on my delphinium? The delphimium is supposed to get to be 5-6' but is only 1' tall now. It is a first year plant, so maybe they don't get to be that tall their first year? Or am I supposed to pinch off this shoot? And how many years will it take to get 5-6'? Thanks.
It takes a few years. It will get bigger. My mom has one that's at least 5' tall, but it's an oldie. Don't cut the flower off. The first flower of the year is usually the biggest one, you don't want to miss it. You're in a colder climate, so give it some protection in the winter. You may want to give the stem a little support. The flowers are heavy and sometimes they fall over. Delphimiums are one of my favorites. I used to have a lot of them, but over the years they disappeared.
They self-seed like mad here, and don't require any protection, even in our zone 3 winters which usually lack any continuous snow cover. It just comes down to whether the conditions in your area are favorable to growing them or not.
Yes, that is a flower bud. Given that the point of growing delphiniums is enjoying the flowers, I would not advise cutting it off, LOL!
I have one of these and one of my nieghbor's kids rode there bike over it completely destoring the main stock with the buds on it. It never had a chance to bloom. There are new leaves sprouting is there any chance it may develop a new bloom?
The most beautiful flower I ever saw or imagined there could be was a 4 foot spire of deep electric true blue delphinium and I sought it for 5 or 7 years....finally found a site online and ordered them last year. This year I had my dreams come true with BLUE spires. Now the plants are suffering terribly from the wet summer we've had...the leaves are all blackening. I've tied to keep up with fungicide but it rains so much I fear it gets washed right away, so I've cut them back like mad. Many have new growth, a couple don't look like they're going to make it. I hope they come back and show me this is all worth it....-blue lover
Cutting them back at the point where you did it was precisely the right thing to do.