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How to grow lupins

Lupins are perennials with bright blooms emerging from long stalks. They have a variety of uses from decoration to sources of food. Lupins also attract bumblebees. These flowers are great to have in the garden for a striking effect. We tell you how to grow lupins so you can dress up your gardens with these beautiful flowers.

Steps to follow

Here are facts you should know if you want to learn how to grow lupins:

1. Lupins are usually grown from seeds. You can start sowing indoors.

2. Soak your seeds in water 24 hours prior to sowing.

3. Sow the seeds shallowly about half a centimetre. Germination will be about 14-60 days. The soil temperature should be cool from 12 to 18 º C.

4. Plant or repot as soon as the leaves come out so that roots are well established. Handle the plants carefully as lupins do not like being transplanted.

5. These perennials do best with a slightly acidic soil. The soil should also be well drained which they love. Funnily, lupins even thrive on poor soil.

6. Choose an open spot in your garden avoiding trees. They will bloom after 2 months or usually in spring and summer.

7. Deadhead lupins as soon as they begin to tire. Just cut those down to the bud and this will encourage further blooming.

8. Do not put manure on the flowers and crown as they are very sensitive and will rot easily.

9. After lupins have finished flowering, you can cut the stems until the base.

10. It is possible to divide the plants for propagation. If you want to propagate certain colours, you can also do this. Self-sown lupins will go back to its original colour which is light blue.

It's easy!

Knowing how to grow lupins is really easy. Colour your garden with these beautiful and bright flowers for a stunning effect. At present, there are many people who are trying to propagate lupins. If we’re lucky, we are going to get lots of striking lupins as cross breeders achieve success.

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