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One of my large ones isn't putting on much growth at the moment. i think even though they are perennials they might be shortlived only doing their best for a few years. I planted out a few little ones grown from seed before this cold weather hit. Seem to be doing ok.
Mines the same, the one from last year isn't showing any signs of new growth. I don't know if its dead or not. Glad I sowed some seeds from it last year.
My lupins are up already......but the snails have already appeared as well. I know it's the age old question for gardeners everywhere but what is the best cure for this problem???? I like to avoid pellets/chemicals if I can. At the moment I am picking them off regularly.........
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Too cold and too early to see much growth yet
I have some that have appeared but they are in pots in my greenhouse, i also have some delphiniums that are also in pots in the greenhouse, both lots of plants will go out next week ........ ground prepared, slug baited !
One idea someone told me was if you think a Lupin is passed it's best, split it with a spade and replant in Spring. Haven't been brave enough to try it............yet, the large one without much growth might get this treatment, if it doesn't start growing.
Both my other large ones have got quite a bit of growth on them, some of the leaves are a bit damaged, don't think it's anything to worry about.
Will try a root this year Bunny as the purple one is absolutley stunning and would like another. Not grown the dwarf types, are they annual or perennial?
Slugs and snails love the fresh young leaves, I use a one off dose of slug pellets if the small plant is being devoured, gives it time to grow a little. After that I don't use anything.
I love lupins
The one I planted last year is up and showing about a dozen leaves (and looks like it has expanded nicely) but no sign of the other two yet, although that pair are about 3yo so could either be a bit late as it's colder where they are planted, or may have turned into worm food over the winter - many varieties are quite short-lived perennials, as Verdun says.
2 of mine have sprouted at the moment however one hasnt but i bought it for virtually nothing as it was dying and i hoped it would survive.
My lupins are up and have a few dozen leaves already on each plant. I am in bournemouth though and near the sea so we are a bit warmer.
i grow a dozen or so in a bed and they struggle to make it past the first year, however if the do they do great, this year it looks like ill have to replace 4 of the 12 as theres no sign of them.
To keep the slugs off i use copper rings, i dont like using pellets as i feed lots of wild birds in the garden. you just need to make sure none of the leaves hang down over the edge of the copper ring or it gives the sulgs/snails a way in.
Followed your advice Bunny, worked a treat fingers crossed got 3 new purple ones all for free. Might not have to ever grow them from seed again
One I had almost forgotten about, thought it had died has just started to pop through. Think it was a white one. Will now have to move the little one to make space for it