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Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
Apr 12, 2017 11:25 AM CST
I mail ordered Delphinium bare root stock and the 10 roots arrived yesterday packed in sphagnum peat moss, they appeared dead. No green what-so-ever. Each root measured about 2" x 3" and two of the ten roots had a dried, brown stub of a stem. I'm just wondering if that is normal for Delphinium. I am experienced with mail ordering, dealing with bare root stock, and even learning about vendors I never wish to deal with again, but not sure about what I should have expected when ordering Delphinium roots.
Upon receipt of the box, I planted each root in its own 4" plastic pot, using a mix of my fertilized potting soil and their sphagnum peat moss, moistened the soil and covered the pots with plastic to retain moisture. They are on a dark shelf in my garage (still cold here in Zone 4b).
Of course I'll take a wait-and-see approach, but sure would love to hear some reassurances from those of you who are experienced with Delphinium.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
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mnmat
Apr 12, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Usually you soak the bare roots in water for anywhere from 15 min to an hour before planting, depending on the variety of plant. Did you get a planting guide with your order? There's info in there on how to revive the plants. Planting directly in soil may not give them the boost of moisture they need to jump start the growth.

I am dealing with the same thing for daylilies and bleeding heart.

Good luck!
Meri
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
Apr 12, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Thanks, @mnmatt !
We have to think positive, and expect all roots to recover into beautiful flowers this summer !
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
May 7, 2017 5:23 PM CST
I contacted Walmart, as it was their vendor who mailed the stock, and was given an apology and a full refund. They did not want the dead roots back.
It all ended well; I found all colors of delphinium starter plants at my local nursery for $2.25 each.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare

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