Delphinium elatum ‘Double Innocence’
DOUBLE INNOCENCE DELPHINIUM
Delphinium elatum ‘Double Innocence’ is a stunner.
With very double white flowers, each with frilled and quilled petals, plus an apple green eye and green tips to the petals.
World beating new variety
Delphinium elatum ‘Double Innocence’ has been bred in NZ by world renowned breeders, Terry and Katrina Dowdeswell.
And the Dowdeswell’s Delphiniums are now conquering the world, beating the European flower breeders at their own game. Go little NZ.
Because Dowdeswell Delphiniums are characterized by strong stems, packed with large flowers, and each bloom loaded with petals.
And renowned because they are tall, vigorous, robust growers. So there are no shrinking violets tolerated in the Dowdewell’s breeding programme.
Heat tolerant Delphinium
Plus Dowdeswell Delphiniums are bred to be more heat tolerant, so they cope well in Australian gardens.
So you can encourage rapid repeat blooms through summer, by shearing the spent flower stalk back to the base, and giving a feed mid-summer to encourage even better autumn spires.
Superb cut flower & garden display
Delphinium elatum ‘Double Innocence’ gives lovely cut flowers, as well as a spectacular garden display. And these are spires to brag about.
Plant in a Full Sun to Part Shade garden position.
‘Double Innocence’ is very frost hardy, as well as being more heat tolerant than normal Delphiniums
So it is an easy growing, low maintenance plant, and will repay spring and summer applications of fertilizer, compost and mulch with ever more stunning spires. Worth every effort.
Delphinium elatum ‘Double Innocence’ is bred to have strong, self supporting stems, though in windy sites it pays to provide some support, such as a frame of sticks for the spires to grow through.
And protect the newly emerging growth from snails in early spring.
1m High flower spires x 45cm Wide foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow autumn, winter or spring.
Delphinium seeds are easy and quick to germinate, by using a special trick to convince them they have had a very fast winter.
So first place seeds on wet coffee filter paper (or paper towel can be used, but coffee filters are a finer texture). Fold the coffee filter over so the seeds are enclosed between 2 wet sheets.
Then place the folded, wet coffee filter in a sealed plastic bag (a clip-lock bag is perfect).
Now place the sealed plastic bag in fridge for 36 hours (in the fridge, not freezer).
Then each day check if the seeds have begun to sprout.
You will see a little white root beginning to emerge.
Seeds may sprout as early as 3 days and usually take up to 5 days.
Once you see the seeds sprouting – remove from fridge and filter paper and sow seeds in their in punnet. They are easy to pick up off the coffee filter with tweezers.
And sow in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Cover with 5mm of mix or sandy grit.
Then keep moist in a warm, well lit position, or on a heat mat.
Temperatures of 15-20°C approx. are best for rapid germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 30 days. But do not discard the punnet, as some seeds may come later.
SEED COUNT: 5 seeds per pack approx. (Seeds of this special Dowdeswell variety are scarce).
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