Lupine – Lupinus species – How to grow Lupines

Lupine – Lupinus species – How to grow Lupines

Lupine species lupins are in the pea family for basing and
it’s a large genus of plants most of them are
herbaceous perennials but there is one shrub maybe a couple
shrubs and a tree species I from South America but this is a good example the herbaceous perennial in bloom let’s talk about growing lupins you what
full Sun to partial a shade from this plant to do
its best and right now we’re in the shade uva
nice holly tree but for eight hours eight to 10 hours a
day this plant is in full Sun are it prefers
a well-drained soil because it’s a member of the PE family it fixes nitrogen which is very useful arm in terms of amending the soil and also it’s a companion plant for are I large number I love Bob heavy
feeding vegetables a if you thinkin you know the
cucubits the cucumbers squash also says that it’s been used in spinach
fields and and cabbage as well this is a great example of the flower
structure of Lupine these can be up to a foot long and when they start blooming the flowers begin opening at the bottom and then
progress up the plant it’s a great cut flower I have found if you cut if you harvested at about
this level right here what about a third of the flowers have
opened and you cut it then they will continue to open in in
the vase if you wait too long to this
state then the pedals start to fall almost
immediately after after you cut it but it lasts for up to
three or four days in the vase in the spring the foliage emerges up in a early to mid spring and it’s just
wonderful a dark green color mid green maybe with a white hairs on the back that
makes the under sides appear a lighter green and its up also repels water a it’s what they call superhydrophobic
water droplets will role of the leaves a as if they were a mercury loop ends can
be planted in the cut flower garden as I say they make a great cut flower their wonderful in the perennial garden
again they take full Sun but you could put them in the front the
shrub border a wonderful focal point in the spring

44 thoughts on “Lupine – Lupinus species – How to grow Lupines

  1. WoW!very nice. Blue and whit I Love you.Amazing Flowers, Consider the lilies how they grow,they toil not,they spin not,and yet I say unto you , Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. LUKE.12,27

  2. any tips on how to protect these from slugs and snails? we live in Washington state where spring is very wet, as well as summer. we have four lupine plants in a big bunch. the slugs absolutely destroyed them!! we tried everything we could think of. from copper tape to poisons. finally we cut them back to the ground just last week. thinking with the dryer weather they might come back without the slugs being quite as bad. thoughts?

  3. Sounds like you've tried most tactics but there's a slug and snail management checklist here at UC Davis web page –
    At home I've installed a small fish pond that attracted frogs and they seem to do a pretty good job of keeping the slug population down. PV

  4. Thank you.  I'm looking for just the blue lupine, as you've got there, and not the multi-colored russell (sp) hybrid kind.   Will the blue ones bloom the first year from seed?

  5. Are you sure there is only one tree??? The laburnum tree is in the pea family and is from Europe. In fact there are two distinct laburnum species so thats two more trees to your list!

  6. Hi.. I live in Michigan and planted lupines this spring. I have read so many different things about dead heading them that I am now confused ! Should I do it or let the seed pods form ? They all have pods now. Should I let them go or cut them back ? Will they bloom again this summer ? Thank you !

  7. I'm searching for information on edible Lupines with no success however, I did find your video helpful. If you haven't done a video on the edibles please do consider it. Thank you!

  8. Appreciate your vid. Do you have another vid describing best time to cut foliage back after flowering? And the soil or maintenance ie. fertilizer vs compost.
    Also, I'm in region 5/6 and I've noticed a couple of times over a few years, I was sure it was going to flower again but did not.
    If it is flowering in late vernal equinox with light durations of 10-11hrs, and summer ends and days become shorter we also hit the 11-10hrs range at autumnal equinox. My Christmas cactus blooms twice, once each side of the winter equinox, the lupins bloom on both sides of the summer solstice. In both cases the first efflorescence is the best.
    Have you notice this?

  9. Have you tried harvesting the seeds from native plants? I've got two that have sprouted and I'm not exactly sure what to do with the little guys now. Any suggestions?

  10. Hii
    I live in a tropical climate so it's basically summer the entire year can lupines grow in my region in containers in heavy shade?

  11. I haven't mowed the lawn in a while and found a bluebonnet look-alike when I came back home. It seems to have purple looking flowers and lighter green stalk and leaves (they appear to form a star shape). I live in Huffman, Texas if that helps. I can try to get some pics tomorrow. Can anyone help me identify it?

  12. I am new to this lovely plant, and have just bought 6 of them in different colors for my garden. I have three questions for you; 1) What type of fertilizer is best for them? Will a water-soluble be acceptable, and if so, what should the N-P-K ratio be? 2) When cutting them for using in vases, how far down the stem (below the bottom of the bloom) should one cut? Lastly, I have heard that 'deadheading' spent blooms is a good idea. Can you tell us whether or not deadheading (in this case) means 'pinching' the tops of the blooms off, or whether the entire bloom should be cut at the base of the bloom, leaving the length of the stem? – Your flowers are stunning and we want ours to look as good as yours. 🙂

  13. Thank you. I have seedlings growing and will plant them next spring and overwinter inside – as it may well be too cold outside with frost and snow.

  14. I love lupines, not sure what spices we bought, some from the seeds in a little paper bag, some from the nursery store, they did well in the first year, but very bad at second year, attacked by aphids, no full bloom or even no flower at all. Very annoying and helpless.

  15. Wow, I thought I was going to see a video about Texas Bluebonnets but this plant is HUGE and looks like a tree! It's very pretty and the blooms are amazing. Is it planted and grown the same way as the Texas Bluebonnet?

  16. I watch the video because is says "How to grow Lupines". No where in the video does it mention "How to grow Lupines" except the amount of sun…………

  17. I absolutely adore you I love your videos and I definitely take your advice. It's also the host plant for the Karner Blue butterfly.

  18. I've some type of wild lupin not as big those one in the video but they get everywhere. I cut it along with the grass. I do keep some intact in various spots around the yard. But once they finish blooming for the season I cut it all.

  19. I live in London, England and our lupins are driving me crazy because of the American lupin aphids. When I spray, then I kill the bumble bees and other beneficial insects. It breaks my heart that I have dig out most of the lupins this autumn and plant other things to save the bumble bees.

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