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How to Grow Lupine Flower Plants

Annuals and Perennials, Lupinus

A member of the pea family, Lupines are a wonderful old-fashioned flower. There are annual and perennial varieties of Lupines. They bear very large, showy spikes covered with unusual pea-like florets on long, sturdy stems. Colors include white, red, pink, blue, yellow, lilac, violet, and apricot. Plants have attractive, handprint-shaped blue-green leaves. They usually bloom in June-July.

Easy, quick growing Lupines rise to a stately 3 feet, and prefer cool weather climates.

Lupines are great in flower vases, alone by themselves, or in arrangements.

Strange as it may seem, some Lupines are poisonous, while others are edible! Unless you know our Lupines, we recommend you do not serve them at the dinner table.

Plant Height: 18" - 24"

Plant Propagation:

Start Lupine from seed. Sow Lupine seeds directly into your flower garden after all danger of frost. They can also be spread around fields as a wildflower.

For an indoor start, plant seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Try a seed germination mat for faster, and more successful germination.

Sow Lupine seeds and cover lightly with 1/8" of garden soil. Space plants 12" - 14" apart.

Perennial Lupines can be propagated by cuttings or division. Make cuttings in late summer as the weather begins to cool. Division is best done in the early fall.

Days to Germination: 25 - 30

How to Grow Lupine Plants :

Lupine plants like full sun to partial shade. They will grow quickly to a height of 2 to 3 feet.

Lupine will do well in average soils and in cool weather. The soil should be loose and lime free(they do not like lime). Keep the soil moist to feed their quick growth. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Adding a general purpose fertilizer once a month before blooming will result in bigger plants and blooms.

Tip: Apply a thick layer of mulch, to help retain soil moisture, cool roots, and for winter protection in colder regions.

Deadhead spent blooms to prolong the blooming period.

Flowers Bloom: Late Spring and Summer

Insect and Disease:

Insects and disease problems are not a major problem. If problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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