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Lupin - Lupinus polyphyllus - Russel Pink
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Lupin - Lupinus polyphyllus - Russel Pink

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Cultural notes

Grow lupins in sun or partial shade in a neutral to acid soil.
Avoid over rich soil as this has a tendency to produce 'soft' growth thus necessitating the need to stake the flowers.

Propagation x seed
Sow annual species in a nursery bed in either September or March.
Transplanting the seedlings 2'(600mm) apart the following October.

Alternatively, sow the seeds in trays/pots of potting compost in March and place in a cold frame to germinate.When seedlings are large enough to handle prick out into pots to grow on till planting out time in October.

Note; named varieties will not come true from seed and should be propagated by cuttings.


Propagation x cuttings

In March/April,take 3"(75mm) long basal cuttings from the rootstock, preferably with a small piece of rootstock attached.

Insert these into a 50-50 sand and compost mixture and place in a cold frame.

When rooted, pot up into 4"(100mm) pots of potting compost and grow on until planting out time in October.

Aftercare
Deadhead flowers to prevent self seeding and to encourage a second flush of flowers later in the year.

Cut down flowering stems to ground level in November.




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