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Belonging to the Lupinus genus, Lupin has a botanical name of Lupinus.

Lupins have long vertical flower spike with individual flowers arranges in whorls around a hollow stem. The colours can be shades of pink purple red yellow and white. Sometimes the top petals or standards being a contrasting or darker shabde to the bottom or bell petals of the flower, giving a horizontal striped appearance to the flower spike

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 1.0 cm (0.39 inches imperial) and produce a pepper fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Han purple and   Rose pink and   Royal yellow. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 2. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Android robot green and   Sandy brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) and   La Salle Green

Lupin grows as a perennial and is a semi-edible flower / ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Lupin is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (1.95 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring, followed by first harvests in early autumn.

Try planting Lupin if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

United Kingdom is believed to be where Lupin originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Lupin is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lupin have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Lupin

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Keep moist during germination. Water when they look a bit droopy.

Lupins may need staking although more modern varieties are more dwarf in character.
Remove old flower spikes as the flowers fade to conserve the plant’s energy and encourage further blooms

Lupins can also be grown by careful division of mature plants in the spring or by basal cuttings in the spring taken with a small portion of root tissue, strike into vermiculite to reduce the risk of rot.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Lupin is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Lupin to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Lupin from seed

Cover lightly and press down to ensure good contact with soil. Sow seeds in autumn and winter (frost free areas), or late summer and autumn in areas prone to frost. Sow directly into flower beds.
Alternatively, soak the seeds for 24 hours in water and sow into pots or modules in spring , summer or autumn, growing on in sheltered conditions

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Lupin

Thin out at 5cm (2") height to 30×30 cm apart.

When pot grown seedlings are large enough plant out in late summer or after over wintering under protection in the spring after all danger of frost has past.

Lupins require a bright sunny spot in the centre to the back of the border in well drained slightly acidic soil conditions

As Lupin is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Lupin

Lupins are used as cut flowers and are best picked when the bottom third of the flower spike has opened
Some lupins are used as green manure as bacteria in the root nodules can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere.
They can also be used as animal feed an lupin flour is used in food production, however care must be taken lupins can also contain toxins

Seed Saving Lupin

Allow a few seeds to grow to maturity on the flower spike and harvest as the pod turns brown dry and crispy. Collect into a paper bag and continue to dry on a warm windowsill until the pod twists open to release the seeds
Seeds store well and are long lived, but may not show characteristics of the parent plant if openly pollenated.

How long does Lupin take to grow?

These estimates for how long Lupin takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Lupin to germinate?
28 days

Average 28 days | Min 4 days | Max 106 days (22)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Lupin?
+ 30 days

Average 30 days | Min 12 days | Max 71 days (4)

Days to Maturity How long until Lupin is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 371 days

Average 371 days | Min 372 days | Max 372 days (1)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Lupin?
= 429 days

Lupin Folklore & Trivia

Russell-type lupins were bred by George Russell at the beginning of the 20th centuray

Other names for Lupin

Lupine, Russell lupine, bluebonnets, quaker bonnets

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