Are del­phini­ums a doomed species?

Amateur Gardening - - Ask John Negus -

Is it al­most im­pos­si­ble to grow del­phini­ums these days? Mine used to be beau­ti­ful, but now they are bat­tered to bits by storms. At least I saw off the slugs us­ing or­ganic meth­ods!

Grace Wright, Ex­mouth, Devon

You are ob­vi­ously good at grow­ing del­phini­ums and I am sorry they

were smashed by the wind. Sadly, hol­low stems are vul­ner­a­ble to wind dam­age. Canes – one sup­port­ing each stem – should be tall enough to reach the top of the bloom. If they are not, the un­sup­ported part of the stem at the top is liable to be snapped off.

Well done beat­ing the slugs, as they are a men­ace this year.

Del­phini­ums are eas­ily bat­tered and preyed on by pests

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