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BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Jun/24/2005 4:33 PM PST

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Originally posted by fozbot3
yeah, mine's that blue. when the sun hits it it looks really blue!

at Foz! Well, mine isn't.

Now I really wonder whether it's a different variety or whether it needs something I'm not giving it. It is in full sun. Do you know what variety yours is by any chance? I'll have to see if I can remember where I got mine and what variety I bought.
BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Jul/07/2005 1:37 PM PST

I'm on a mission now. I have to find out why it isn't blooming blue! It is shaded somewhat by my maple, so maybe it isn't getting enough sun. Going to do some research. In the meantime, if anyone comes up with any revelations, let me know.
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Joined: 1/18/2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7893
Posted: Jul/06/2005 10:13 PM PST

Yikes!!!!!
moby
Joined: 10/14/2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1660
Posted: Jul/07/2005 6:57 PM PST

MB you are correct. I am posting a pic of my sea holly. One flower head is now turning darker green with a blue tint to the head of the flower. LOL MB I am not pulling it at this stage of growing. Foz mine does not seem to have any prickers yet.

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Joined: 8/14/2002
Location: Altoona, Iowa (near Des Moines)
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Posted: Jun/29/2005 9:03 PM PST

OH.
BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Jun/29/2005 8:30 PM PST

Well, mine have been there for over 10 years! And they still look like Moby's picture, except with smaller bracts. Moby, do you know what variety yours is?
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Joined: 1/18/2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7893
Posted: Jul/08/2005 3:40 AM PST

no wonder mine looks so blue. it really gets neglected and it's in full sun all day.
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Location: Altoona, Iowa (near Des Moines)
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Posted: Jun/29/2005 4:33 PM PST

Moby, be patient. Mine looked like your for a long time so I got frustrated and cut them off THEN I noticed the ones at the bottom were starting to turn blue. If I'd only waited.
BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Jul/08/2005 3:12 AM PST

Well, my research paid off. It [I]is[/I] the lack of sun that's keeping my sea holly from blueing up, but I found more info for anyone who may want it. Here's what I found:

[I]The sunnier the location, the bluer the clumps become. It remains bluest when never fertilized. Richer soil will only make it taller with weakened stems, without improvement to the flowers.[/I]

My soil isn't very fertile, so I'll have to move it to a sunnier location. They don't like to be moved and have a long tap root, but I'll have to give it a try anyway.
BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
Posts: 6485
Posted: Jun/30/2005 12:40 AM PST

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Originally posted by MamaBearBSA
OH.

Wasn't mad at you, MamaBear, I'm mad at the sea holly. Or maybe the place that I bought it from, if it's the wrong variety. They promised nice blue bracts.
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