Delphinium x grandiflorum ‘White with Black Bees’
DELPHINIUM – WHITE WITH BLACK BEES
Stunning spires packed with white flowers, each with a dramatic black centre.
So Delphinium x grandiflorum ‘White with Black Bees’ looks like it is home to a flock of velvet black bees nestling into each pure white flower.
Enchanting summer garden spires & great cut flowers
And these enchanting spires are produced all through summer.
It also makes sumptuous cut flowers, as well as dramatic garden display.
So grow Delphinium x grandiflorum ‘White with Black Bees’ in a Full Sun to a Partial Shade garden position for optimum production of these stunning spires.
The perennial clump is robustly frost hardy.
And makes an easy growing, low maintenance garden beauty, with a neat clump of pretty foliage. Though they certainly appreciate some protection from snails in early spring, when the new foliage and shoots are just emerging.
1m High in flower spire x 45cm Wide low clump of foliage.
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 the 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 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.
Then cover the seeds with 5mm of sieved mix or sandy grit.
Now keep moist in a warm, well lit position, or on a heat mat if you have one (but a heat mat is not essential).
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. It is natural for the seeds to stagger germination, as a cunning trick by the plant to gives it’s seeds a sporting chance of sprouting into favourable weather conditions.
SEED COUNT: 20 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).