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Perennials: Can I nudge plants to bloom earlier or later?

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LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

June 12, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9162756

I have poppies (Beauty of Livermore) and lots of delphiniums in my perennial garden. They overlap just slightly. Late poppies with early delphiniums. I would just love for all of them to bloom together. Is there a way to get the poppies to bloom later or the delphiniums to bloom earlier?

TIA
LAS
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

June 12, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9162899

In The Well Tended Garden, the author prunes in a way to delay flowering in several types of perennials. She has experimented enough to be able to say what works and what doesn't... It might be a book worth looking into.

Pam
LAS14
Albany, ME
(Zone 4b)

June 13, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9163345

Thanks, Pam. I found "The Well Tended Perennial Garden" at our library, by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. But not simply "The Well Tended Garden." Might that be the one you're recommending?

LAS
Pfg
(Pam) Warren, CT
(Zone 5b)

June 13, 2012
5:20 PM

Post #9164081

Yes, that's it. I wrote from memory, I am not in the house where the book is at present. It's a great reference, I find, especially when she lists a particular plant I'm looking for help with. She's done a lot of experimental pruning, with varied results.

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