Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Juen to July
Hardiness – Fully hardy to hardy (dependent on variety)
Lupins are annuals, perennials and shrubs and are wonderful and highly popular addition within many gardens. Regal flower spikes radiate through a garden border with exquisite colour and flair. Their colour range is extensive, from pale yellows to rich royal purples. Lupins are best planted in drifts throughout a border where they will attract bees and many other beneficial insects. These attractive flowers are held upon wiry stems and bushy foliage. Lupins are best suited to flower beds and borders within a cottage, informal or meadow garden setting. You should expect to see Lupins grow to an approximate height of 90cm (36”) and a spread of 60-75cm (24-30”). Please take care when handling Lupins, as they are highly toxic if ingested into your system.
Lupins are best planted in well-drained soil of loam or sand within an acidic or neutral PH balance. Lupins should be positioned in an area of full sun although they will tolerate part shade, avoiding intense, deep shade. Plant together in tight groups to create an influx of intense colour and structure. You may wish to amend the planting area with a layer of organic matter to improve drainage and overall growing conditions. Dig a hole that is as deep and twice as wide as your plant, leaving adequate space for them to spread. Backfill the planting area and water thoroughly.
Do not prune Lupins as they take a long time to re-grow. Deadhead spent flowers to prolong the flowering season. Watering may be required during periods of drought but should not be necessary otherwise. Roots can often find their own nutrients and so they therefore do not require supplementary feed, making them low maintenance plants that are easy to care for.
Lupins are best propagated by basal cuttings during March or April. They can also be divided during the spring. When you divide be mindful of their tap root and try not to split or damage them, which can be difficult. Lupins can also be grown from seed which can be collected from the seed heads and sown straight away in a loam-based compost.
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