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Month: August 2022

How to grow lupins from seed – step by step

How to grow lupins from seed – step by step

Propagating lupins from seeds and cuttings, along with dividing them, are the three ways to make the most of your lupin production. I cover taking cuttings in the article Propagating lupins by taking cuttings. I haven’t covered dividing lupins as it’s extremely difficult to do successfully due to the plant’s long tap root. Seeds are a great way to grow lupins from seeds you have collected, or you can purchase them from garden centres and nurseries. Read on to learn…

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What’s eating your lupins and how to stop them?

What’s eating your lupins and how to stop them?

I’ve been growing Lupins for over 20 years and, unfortunately, am no stranger to the pests that will take a liking to your Lupins. Generally, Lupins don’t seem to suffer too badly from pests and diseases. However, the two main culprits are slugs/snails (which I class as 1 pest), which usually take a liking to new foliage but will also attack older foliage as shown in my main picture above. The other pests that I tackle on a yearly basis…

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When and how to cut back and prune lupins?

When and how to cut back and prune lupins?

As well as pruning, deadheading lupins is an important key to keeping your plants successfully blooming over the summer. I generally deadhead as individual flowers finish flowering, and then once they stopped flowering well, I usually hard prune to ground level, which usually results in a second flush of flowers. I then usually prune back at the end of autumn to ground level to get my lupins ready for winter. Here’s how I personally deadhead and prune lupins in more…

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Why you shouldn’t divide and split lupins and what to do instead

Why you shouldn’t divide and split lupins and what to do instead

Like most perennials, one way to propagate lupins is to divide and split them. However, this is usually not at all successful due to their long and deep tap root. Lupins don’t like to be disturbed at all once they are established in the ground. They really don’t like to be transplanted. There is an exception to this, though; if your Lupin develops several crowns, you can divide these in early spring and they usually grow well. Just make sure they…

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Are lupins perennials or annuals?

Are lupins perennials or annuals?

Most varieties of lupins are perennials, however, there are some Lupins that are not as hardy and are usually treated as annuals. You will often see these sold in tray packs of 4 with bedding plants. So, for example, Annual lupins include the variety Lupin Avulune. The most common lupins, which include the Russell Hybrids Mixed varieties and the Band of Noble Series, are hardy perennial varieties. Most lupins grown in garden centres locally to you in single pots with…

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Lupin winter care – What to do with lupins in winter?

Lupin winter care – What to do with lupins in winter?

Lupins in winter in the ground Most Lupins are perennials which means they die back for winter and regrow every year in spring. Most lupins will survive the winter very well in the ground. That being said, there are a few lupins that are not as hardy so always check the label or plant description if buying online. Lupins are robust and tolerate sub-zero temperatures well as long as they’re in well-drained soil. The very long tap root travels deeply…

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Lupin pests and diseases

Lupin pests and diseases

Lupins are one of my favourite plants, and having grown Lupins for over 30 years, I’m no stranger to some of the many Lupin pests and diseases, and I recently talked about what was eating my lupins here. They are mainly the common ones that affect most perennials including aphids, as well as powdery mildew which is a Fungus, but there are a few more, so in this guide, I explain what they are and what to do about them….

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How to grow lupins and care guide

How to grow lupins and care guide

I’m a big fan of lupins as they are super easy to grow, the flower spikes look amazing, and they generally don’t require much care once established. As long as they’re in their preferred environment (sunny position in well-drained soil) they require little care. A little deadheading, watering if grown in pots and maybe feeding with a little potassium-rich fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 and they will do well. Here’s my guide on what you need to provide to grow…

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Propagating lupins by taking cuttings 

Propagating lupins by taking cuttings 

Of the three ways of propagating lupins – from seed as shown here and dividing them are the other ways – taking lupin cuttings is the easiest way to get established lupins quickly and probably my favourite way of propagating lupins. Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to take lupin cuttings. Wait until March or April – this is the best time to take cuttings from lupins Spring is when the lupin plant produces new growth that’s suitable for cuttings….

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What to do with lupins after flowering?

What to do with lupins after flowering?

I have been growing lupins for over 20 years, and here is what I do with my own lupins after flowering. Once lupins have flowered, you have a couple of options of what to do with them. Firstly, you can cut them back, and you are usually rewarded with a second flush of blooms later in the season. After the second flush had finished blooming, I usually collect the seeds from the seed pods and then in late autumn, cut…

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