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21/06/2013 at 07:35

Morning All, I have a fairly big lupin which is throwing up flower spikes all over it, there are 4 in full flower and another 10 or more littles ones which are starting to open.

Do i just let it continue as is, or should i sacrifice some of the smaller ones to get more big flowers?

Thanks

21/06/2013 at 07:39

The little ones should become bigger ones too Singy. If you deadhead the big ones once they go over it allows the others to take their place properly because the plant doesn't waste energy making seed in the spent flowers. Does that make sense? Not sure I've worded that very well! 

21/06/2013 at 07:49

Yes thanks, its just all the bigs one look good and the little ones are also starting to flower, and i wondered if it would be wasting the plants energy to try to open all of them.  Ill grab a picture later, but the plant has so many flowers on, its next to my enormous digitalis so im wondering if there is something in the soil there!

21/06/2013 at 08:15

Sounds great Singy - I'd love to see a picture - my foxgloves are huge too, maybe it's all the rain we've had over the past 18 months 

21/06/2013 at 13:19

Couple of pics, this is one plant.

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25946.jpg?width=468&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25947.jpg?width=545&height=350&mode=max

 The colour is nothing special, I have a red one which is better, all be it much smaller.

21/06/2013 at 13:55

Lovely sIngy.  Could I suggest a couple of things?

First, support those big spikes discreetly,with short bamboo canes.  Strong wind and heavy rain will decimate,those hollow stems very,quickly.  

Next, no, don't remove those little spikes.  Otherwise you will have nothing when those big spikes go over. The little ones will get bigger.

Lupins are,hard to beat right now in the garden

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21/06/2013 at 20:05

Wonderful, Singy! Wish me luck (mine are midgets now).

21/06/2013 at 20:29

Thanks rusflorum and good luck with yours. This is the red one that is growing in front of my kitchen window.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25982.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25983.jpg?width=440&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

21/06/2013 at 20:46

Lovely rich colours there Singy

15/07/2013 at 09:50

My lupine have just finished flowering and are turning brown with the seed pods on them. Do I remove the dead ones to encourage them to flower again? 

15/07/2013 at 10:28

Hi Country Garden Lady, thats what i have been doing and it continues to send up new spikes.

i was thinking about saving some seeds from them, but i am not sure at what point to collect them.

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