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Will these reflower?

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lostinrates
lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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I always cut down flowered delphiniums for a second flowering, but should I do the same with lupins and verbascums, or let them self seed? I think the lupins will re flower? What about verbasums? If I chop them to reflower now will I still get harvestable seed later in the season?

I have a v. young garden and want more plants next year...but I also want more flowers this year!

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  • emiff6
    emiff6 Posts: 794 Forumite
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    If you dead head the main flower stalk of lupins, they will throw up smaller flower heads from side shoots up the stalk. Can't help with verbascum - keep meaning to try growing it, but never have.
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  • lostinrates
    lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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    emiff6 wrote: »
    If you dead head the main flower stalk of lupins, they will throw up smaller flower heads from side shoots up the stalk. Can't help with verbascum - keep meaning to try growing it, but never have.


    Thanks, I took a gamble earlier before checking back and did it. I also cu the spent verbascums. Either they'll do it or they won't.:o:o
  • serena
    serena Posts: 2,387 Forumite
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    Yes, they'll both grow sideshoots and flower some more.

    A friend experimented a few years ago, and found that it was no use trying it with aquilegias or hellebores. (and some others too that I can't remember...)
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