Lupins

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Lupins are a wonderful flower that provides colour and scent to most gardens, while also attracting bees. Perfect for flower borders and beds, Lupins can grow up to 3-4 ft in height, meaning they provide great stalks of colour in even the greenest of gardens.

How to Plant

Lupins are relatively easy to grow plants, which can either be grown from seeds or from bought plants. It is best to sow and plant out seeds from March to May, harvesting them when ready in July and August. To encourage the seed coat to be easily discarded, try scratching the seed coat before sowing them to further growth.

Lulpins prefer well drained soil and a sunny spot, so be sure to plant them well aware from the shade. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, although many will be able to survive in more neutral soil conditions.

Tips:

a) Remember to keep the lupins dead headed as soon as it looks like its withering, as this will keep the energy going to new flowers.

b) Try to keep manure away from the top of the plant as this can cause rotting of the plant crown.

c) Lupins self seed, producing seeds that will flower the following year.

d) Be careful of aphids, as they are also attracted to the beautiful flowers.

Some easy to grow varieties:

i) Gallery White-a beautiful delicate white flower

ii) Gallery Blue-deep violet coloured lupins

ii) Camelot Red-a red flush lupin

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