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Lupins - foliage


So I planted my first lupins this year and they put on a good display. The problem is the foliage looks really bad now - is this normal? Should I cut back or dig up and replace with something else? One doesn't look as bad but the rest look awful. Thank you! 


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,333
    Lupin foliage often looks terrible in late summer. I treat the plants as biennials, sowing new seed each year in June, with the new plants being planted out the following Spring.
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399
    My mum's lupins got covered in mildew and aphids... I cut the foliage right back to the base. It formed a clump of healthy new foliage after a few weeks. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    I keep my Lupins for years, the clumps are about 3’ across now,  cut the leaves right down to the ground now. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks everyone! By down to the ground, is that literally right to the ground or with a few cms above? I'm a beginner, can you tell?! 
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,029
    My lupus are covered with aphids but I noticed lots of ladybirds 🐞 on them so have left them. They do look awful but hopefully they are fattening up the ladybirds! 
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 943
    Mine are the same! I love the lupins, but hate the late summer foliage. Next year, I've vowed to plant some annuals in amongst the dying foliage once the lupins are over.... I planted some salvia viridis Blue Monday seeds this spring, that have become lovely plants... they may fit the bill. 
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 943

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