Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:44
From the look of those stems you should be giving the rest of us tips I think! (or maybe I just need more tips than you do!).
I grew them for the first time this year - partly in my 'flower bed' in my veg patch to use as cut flowers, partly in pots. Yours look much straighter than mine - did you stake them at all? I didn't which might be the mistake I made?
Yours also seem to have bloomed along the stem for a long stretch of the stem (if that makes sense?!) - mine tended to have a shorter flowering section so that I had to pick off the bottom dead flowers as the higher flowers were coming into bloom. Not sure what could have caused that?! Could in part be the variety I guess?
I've now cut the flower stems off and left the leaves on, and am continuing to water and occasionally feed them to prepare for next year. Not sure if it's ok to 'heel them in' to another pot or flower bed until the leaves die back or whether it's too risky to disturb the roots?
So I'll be interested to see what forum experts can give in the way of advice re: planting, staking, feeding, watering, lifting, storing etc (they are my wife's fave flower so plan to grow more next year!)