The Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium, otherwise known as the Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ or Deutzia ‘Nikko’, Slender Deutzia ‘Nikko’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium Care Guide. So let’s dive in.
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
- Light: Keep your Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium in soil with moist but well-draining to poorly draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium belongs to the Hydrangeaceae family, the genus Deutzia and the species Gracilis, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ (del-FIN-ee-um uh-LAY-tum).
As with other Deutzia’s, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
The Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is a plant native to the Central & South Japan.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.
But, how big does the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…
The Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ can grow up to 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) and 2′ – 5′ (60cm – 150cm) in 2′ – 5′ (60cm – 150cm).
These dimensions make the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium a relatively medium shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 24″ – 60″ (60cm – 150cm) free so the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat irregular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ needs evenly spread moist soil – try to avoid letting the soil dry out.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium in soil with moist but well-draining to poorly draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
As mentioned earlier, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (late), and during the summer (early).
You can expect your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium to flower around the summer months from July to September (summer).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium produces some beautiful multicolored, or white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium is well known for its tolerance to salt, clay soil, wet soil, and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ will be fine.
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Most Delphinium Elatum ‘Magic Fountain Mix’ owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden, informal and cottage, city and courtyard, gravel and rock garden, and in traditional garden styles.
In particular, the Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium’s best location within your garden is in edging, banks and slopes, patio and containers, beds and borders, ground covers, and in small gardens, others use it for landscaping in a border, or a cutting garden.
And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Magic Fountain Mix Delphinium to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!