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Must look up those hybrids. Nice plants. I think it's been a good season for lupins
Verdun you should! The colours of these "new" ones is really vivid, they tend to have strong contrasts and are supposed to be more robust and hardy. I don't know about that, but the seeds germinate really well *finds a link* - Here
(The ones in my picture are the good old fashioned Russell variety though)
I bought some half dead lupin seedlings this year from homebase, they were supposed to be £9.50 for 6 plants but they were selling them for 50p for 6. I could see all they needed was water and I was right, I got them home watered and potted them on and put them under a poly tunnel until late may. Well I have about 55 lupin plants this year and they have been amazing. They are only Russel Hybrid ones but I have never had lupins like it and I suppose thats why I would be sad to lose them - never mind how much it would cost to replace them in those numbers to fill that site ! I was looking at some West Country lupins at the gardne centre the onther day and they were £9.00 each !
Amazing how much GCs charge for plants that grow quite easily from seeds and cuttings. I have several that I grew this year from seed that seem to be doing pretty well despite the slugs. If you want something special, you can't beat the GCs and sopecialist growers, though.
I have just put lupins in the flower beds this year, and apart from early rabbit attack, they did really well, I am really surprised as the soil is clayley and we are very exposed, I am concerned what they would look like next year and I'd like to propogate them, some are in the middle of flowering, I cut back some seeds but I don't think I left them to ripen as I was in two minds whether to ripen or deadhead, is growing from seeds in a green house a better option? I am a bit squeamish about splliting and digging up?
i am new to gardening and very new to growing lupins. Sowed my first ones in pots at home in spring, planted out on my allotment 2 months ago, mixed in with sunflowers and sweetcorn and pumpkins. Too close to the pumpkins which are rapidly heading their way! Am growing lupin gallery mix which get to 60cm app, mine have started to flower, but the flowers are tiny, but beautiful and i feel very proud. Can i transplant the ones that havnt flowered yet? Am worried they are gonna get squashed literally by the pumpkins. Are they not as tall as they should be because they are quite shaded by other plants. I havnt given them enough room i dont think (always my problem). Ive just read other peoples comments and now have started thinking oh my god, i didnt even realise you have to split up, divide, repot over winter etc. When should i be doing that? Thanks
You don't need to divide, report or split if you don't want to . They tend to come back each year a little stronger until they reach their peak then they start a visable decline over the years until they just "give up".
If you want to move them though I would go ahead espically if they have only been planted this year. Dig deep to get the tap roots though.
Dreamsofspring lovely garden (and lupins)! And my what amazing views you have!
I've got about 4, they are 2 years old and flower great. My mum has had some in her back garden for about 6 years still flowers great. though she told me to cut them to ground level at the end of the season.
My mom grew lupins year on year, with no issues, when I was growing up. She never fussed over or worried about propogation etc. Same with delphiniums. HOWEVER - I still live in the same house and not only are there none of these native plants here (other than one peony, transplanted to a tub to move), but I cannot grow any lupins or delphiniums, as they are slug snacks by night, and disappear in a few days, despite all the organic (and non in the past) monopod controls I can throw at them. I have planted from seed, bought plug plants and established plants at around £10 per time, but can still not get them to naturalise, or even grow to flower. So, in response, I have given up with these and just think that the conditions don't allow this. I'm envious of anyone that has a garden full of them however, as they are gorgeous flowers, but not as easy as some may think!
I bought a nice big lupin from a small garden centre - the guy told me to cut the beautiful flower spike off ( it was just about to flower) - so that the plant put it's energy into putting down roots. Even though I hated doing it, I did - the slugs have eaten all my other lupins - and delphiniums disappear even more quickly - but that lupin is still going strong (and bigger) after 4 years!
I grew my lupins from seed a few years ago and we've had a variety of colours but they do tend to revert over time to pink (as you can see from the pic below) They haven't all gone pink but the majority have! Time to re-sow fresh seed methinks.