Perennials forum: Tall phlox

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 27, 2015 3:17 AM CST
I have been admiring tall phlox and found some at a local nursery. Any way to make them clump up faster? These look pretty skinny just one lone stem, but at least I have starts of the white (David) and a purple.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 27, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Tall phlox do spreead easily,just be patient.
This is my David in 2009 just planted,its next to the steps

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In 2011

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The rest of my tall phlox were planted 2 years ago and are nice clumps
Flame purple this pix was 2013

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Flame purple this past week



springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jul 27, 2015 10:53 AM CST
do they seed?
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 27, 2015 11:41 AM CST
I dont believe they do.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 27, 2015 3:37 PM CST
Thanks, I will try to be patient. I drove by a house the other day and the lady has a clump of an odd lavender color. I almost stopped and asked could I trade her a plant for a start lol. I am going over the edge!
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jul 27, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Some of mine reseed. But don't necessarily come true
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jul 27, 2015 8:48 PM CST
do they bloom for very long?
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 27, 2015 8:57 PM CST
That is good to know Jennifer, I will keep some of the mulch back a bit.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 27, 2015 9:36 PM CST
Mine do seed and the clumps get bigger every year. If you trim off the spent blooms they will bloom for quite awhile.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 28, 2015 3:52 AM CST
Mine start blooming in early July and with dead-heading go on until end of August.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Teresa - Please consider going back and asking the owner if you can have a piece of the phlox. It's a great compliment to the owner!

My phlox just expand and don't seed at all. I bought four (three of each) from Blooming Bulb in early spring and was shocked and delighted to see them blooming already. I didn't take photos of the phlox shown here. They're just to show me where I planted each of them.


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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jul 28, 2015 8:31 AM CST
Mine have gotten so big that it's covering a small hydrangea! I'm going to have to move one or the other before next year. When is a good time to move phlox?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2015 8:33 AM CST
When they go dormant in fall or very early spring - like early April.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 28, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Pirl, those are beauties.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Thanks. They all seem to have the correct colors - no playing around.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 28, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Arlene, I might stop. I know the lady's son from a long time ago , so she is not a complete stranger.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Good - you have an intro. Even if you didn't I judge by how I'd feel if someone asked me and I'd be so happy to share.
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 28, 2015 3:29 PM CST
I LOVE phlox. I planted several way too late last yr and they didn't make it. I'm gradually finding replacements. I have a 4 ft tall pink phlox that the swallowtail butterflies adore. It starts blooming in late June for me and keeps going until I get tired of it in Sept/ Oct. It's also fragrant.
@pirl Arlene, your Franz Schubert, are the individual blooms as large as they seem? I had wondered about that one.
I have ordered 5 new plants from Perennial Pleasures in VT. They specialize in phlox.
@ge1836 awesome clumps! Drooling
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 28, 2015 7:04 PM CST
I'd say the individual blooms must be 5" across.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jul 29, 2015 3:11 AM CST
Pirl, Does the Franz Schubert flop with those large blooms?

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