Lupines are spiked stately flowers that will grow 2-3' tall and come in a variety of colors-blue, pink, red and yellow.
There are different views on how to grow from seed. I put mine in the refrigerator for a week in a baggie, then nick and soak for a day in 50% warm water and peroxide, then plant immediately. Some people just sow the seeds without any fuss. Also, some people just put the seeds in a damp paper towel in a baggie and wait for them to sprout then plant outside.
Lupine's like full sun, grow best in well drained, sandy soil. Be sure to plant them in an area where the wind will not knock them over.
I can safely say that growing Lupines is for a gardener that has some experience with growing from seed. Lupines do not like wet feet!
Lupines can be a magnet for aphids. If you see ants, you probably have aphids. The ants eat the sticky residue the aphids leave behind. Instead of using chemicals to get rid of the aphids, plant dill, basil, marigolds, garlic chives, and anise. These plants will repel aphids and other pests and also will attract ladybugs and predatory wasps which will, in turn eat the aphids. Remember, ladybugs have to have a reason to hang around. Some people buy ladybugs, release them and wonder why the ladybugs left. By planting flowers that ladybugs are attracted to, they will stay and keep your flower and veggie garden healthy.
Sow seeds 1/4" deep in full sun-remember the wind when planting. Keep seeds moist until germination.
Space 12" apart.
Start them early so you will get blooms the first year.
Repels deer and rabbits, attracts birds and butterflies.
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