Lupine flowers will add height to your garden

Lupine flowers will add height to your garde
Lupine flowers will add height to your garden
Lupine flowers will add height to your garden:  Growing lupine flowers is easy.
Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine,  is a genus of the flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. Over 200 species are included in this genus.

Lupines provide height in a border. They are especially suited to a cottage garden look.
These flowers will add a majesty to any border.

They are hardy, easy to grow and come in a huge range of colours.
They are native to North and South America, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

These plants are a member of the pea family, with around 200 species, and as such can fix nitrogen in the soil.
They are grown for animal feed as a substitute for soybean, being high in protein and containing less fat than the soybean.

Over 85% of lupins for animal fodder are grown in poor soils in western Australia.
They are an important nectar source for the bees, too.

Position:
These plants need a well drained poor soil in full sun. The plants will tolerate a little shade, but if planted under trees they tend to grow soft and leggy with very few flowers.
They will not tolerate heavy wet soils as they will rot in winter.

How to plant:
Plant at the same depth as it is in the pot. By planting too deep, the crown will rot.
These plants are tolerant of poor soils, thus it is not necessary to feed these plants.

Aftercare:
Water the plants well when you first plant them.  Then leave them to spread their roots and find their own water.
Do not allow plants to dry out.

These plants perform better under poor conditions, therefore they do not need feeding.
Deadhead regularly during summer and they will flower from the beginning of summer to well into autumn.

Growing in pots and containers:
They will grow very well in a large container. Fill the container with good quality loam-based compost mixed with a little horticultural grit to improve the drainage.

Plant at the same depth as it is in the pot and water after planting.
Always keep an eye on the watering and keep it just damp.

Feed with a little high potash fertiliser, once the plant has grown.This will ensure that the plants keep flowering all summer.

Propagation:
Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe into good quality loam-based seed compost.
Use a 50/50 mixture of loam-based compost and sharp sand.   You will only know the colors of the flowers when they grow.   Keep seedlings in a warm place or a greenhouse until big enough to replant.

Pests and diseases:
Aphids can cause stunted growth and the leaves can become distorted, due to these pests. Spray with soapy water to keep control. Slugs can be a problem too.  Remove them on sight.

Try and avoid any infection by making sure there is enough air-flow around the plant.
Do not water from overhead as this spreads disease.

Tree lupin:
This is an evergreen shrub with fragrant yellow flowers.  These flowers  eventually reach a height and spread of 150cm. It can occasionally reach a height of 3m.

This tree needs a sheltered position facing either west or south in full sun or partial shade.
The soil must be well drained with a pH in the acid to neutral range.
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Lupine flowers will add height to your garden

 

 

 

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