Lupine: beautiful colors

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Lupine is a beautiful perennial that offers particularly generous and abundant flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Lupinus
Family : Fabaceae
Type : Perennial

Height : 60 to 120 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Soil : Little limestone

Flowering : Spring-Summer

Thanks to the palette of colors available to the lupins, you will give a nice decorative touch to your beds.

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Planting lupine

It is recommended to plant lupins in the fall or spring , favoring the creation of small clumps of 3-4 feet per m2.

  • The lupine appreciates a sunny but not hot or partially shaded place.
  • Lupine grows in any type of soil provided it is neither too calcareous nor too acidic.
  • Well-drained soil will make growth and flowering easier.
  • Regular watering after planting is important.

Lupine does not like to be moved, choose the right place right away

Propagate lupine:

Although lupine reseeds itself, it is also quite possible to divide the clumps.

  • Propagation is easy by division of the clump in the fall.
  • It is even recommended to carry out a division every 4 or 5 years to rejuvenate the clumps.

Lupine is renowned for its great hardiness and resistance to disease. It resists negative temperatures down to -25°.

Lupine care

Maintenance is relatively easy for this plant with large flower spikes. From planting to flowering, here are the maintenance gestures for a beautiful growth.

Lupins are easy but have some requirements, especially in the summer. Indeed, the ground must remain fresh and it is therefore necessary to put a mulch at the foot of your plants in order to keep the humidity and a certain freshness.

In case of strong heat or prolonged drought, do not hesitate to water generously in the evening to avoid evaporation during the day.

Once the stems have faded , cut them as short as possible to encourage new flowering in the fall.

Lupine in winter:

In winter, cut faded leaves and flowers short. No need to mulch because lupine resists frost very well.

All you need to know about lupine

Formed of erect and tight clusters 50 to 60 cm high, this plant adapts very well to beds and wild gardens.

The flowering is generous and will bring a lot of color and voluptuousness to your garden, especially to your beds and borders.

Lupins also adapt perfectly to bouquets, all you have to do is cut the flower stem at the foot of the stem.

Lupins have been cultivated for over 4000 years to use their protein-rich seeds as animal feed. But beware, many species are poisonous and should therefore not be eaten. (Photo © Yuli)

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