My delphiniums have been battered by the recent bad weather and I want to cut down the flower spikes on the worst affected. Do I cut them right to the ground or just below where the flower starts?
I also want to do the same with the lupins (I'm not that bothered about letting them produce seed) Is it the same process?
I pressume I leave the foiliage to die down naturally on both plants????
Many thanks Anna
Just remove the flowering stems on both-they quite often flower again the same year-the tatty dying foliage can be removed in the autumn
Mine need cutting too, all the flowers are gone and the foiliage is in a very bad state....drooping and slug eaten, should I cut it right down to ground level or not so severe. The pods have turned brown, can I take seeds from these??
Loz- if you can hear the seeds rattling in the pods then yes-if not leave them on a bit longer-cut the plant back to healthy material-you may get a second flush
Slugs and snails have mullered my lupins - should I take the worst affected leaves off or leave them? there's nothing but veins on many of them
You can take the worst leaves off if you want to, they're not doing any good.
On both plants cut the flowered stems down to the ground - you should get a second, smaller flush of flowers - but leave the leaves to die down naturally.