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: Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) on the vase life of cut carnation, Delphinium and sweet pea flowers 3 Table 2. Effects of 1-MCP and STS on the vase life of cut Delphinium flowers. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County is your on-line yard and garden educational resource. Ichimura et al. The vase life of Sky Waltz flowers was longest when the silver (Ag) content in florets was more than 3 µmol/100 g FW. The Belladonna delphinium (Delphinium x belladonna) is a cross between D. elatum and D. graniflorum. Most delphinium hybrids bloom from early to mid-summer. Highland Blue were treated with STS solution at 0.1-0.4 mM for different periods. Delphiniums also make excellent dried flowers. It blooms throughout the summer if the plants are cut back regularly. Delphiniums are often called larkspurs. Cut the plant several inches above ground level after the first hard frost. Delphiniums have been cultivated and hybridized for many years resulting in some name confusion. The common name larkspur comes from the shape of the flower, which resembles a lark's spur or claw. Some delphiniums grow up to 6 feet tall, making them excellent background plants. Tall growing hybrids should be staked as wind and rain on the heavy, flower-laden spikes will cause the stems to snap and break. The Chinese delphinium (Delphinium grandiflorum) grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is a good choice as an accent in the middle or front of the perennial border. Remove the foliage and hang small bunches of spikes upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area. A word of caution to gardeners with small children. Delphinium Design Uses Delphiniums make and ideal addition to garden-style arrangements.Their shape gives them a nice look when they’re gathered in a simple glass vase, or even used as an accent to other garden flowers. Delphinium is available year-round. Stakes should be installed early in the growing season to prevent damage to the plant's root system and provide early support. Expected vase life is an average of 5 days with proper care and handling. The true larkspur is Consolida ambigua. //]]>, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln NE 68528 402-441-7180 | [email protected] Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with the exception of designated holidays. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Personalities & Flowers: The Advocate (INFJ), Decorating Your Home with Christmas Flowers, Personalities & Flowers: The Debater (ENTP). Larkspur spikes can easily be air-dried. Their long, colorful flower spikes are spectacular additions to the garden. Immediately after flowering, cut off the old flower stalk to encourage additional flowering in late summer or early fall. [CDATA[ Vase Life: 7-10 Days. Dr Delphinium continues to “Go Green” with our vase-recycling program. Harvest spikes when about four-fifths of the florets on the spikes are open. Stunted growth and yellow foliage are signs the plants need additional fertilizer. Delphiniums perform best in well-drained soils in full sun. Some parts of this site work best with JavaScript enabled. Larkspurs have daintier flower spikes with fewer florets and fine, more deeply cut leaves.