ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

Hi all I have some Lupins and Delphs growing nicely in pots which I sowed some months back now.

Would anyone recommend planting them out now?

I live in South East Wales and the plants will be mulched over Winter.

Just wondering what other peoples experience is with this image

Thanks in advance



  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,105

    I keep my young plants in an unheated GH over their first winter , but that is mostly so i can keep an eye on them ( and beat the slugs) when they appear in spring - i'm sure i would lose them (literally!) otherwise. But i don't think it's essential.

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,095

    I do the same as chicky but in a heated gh and then plant them out.

  • Oh Verrdun you are lucky.

    I grew some wonderful Lulu lupins one year, and several interesting bi-colours but they all got heavily infested with enormous brown aphids. Those that survived were so weakened the following year that the aphids finished them off.  My garden was full of ladybirds then, but they didn't seem to like the lupin aphis.

    I am lucklier with delphiniums, grown from seed and planted out in late summer.  I mulch them heavily over winter and lay slug pubs in the spring as the first shoots appear.  I think I get a lot of help from hedgehogs and frogs too.

    I wonder if I should give lupins another go next year?

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Thanks for the advice, I've ended up with about 6 really healthy plants of each which I've no idea the flower colour of (this is always exciting image)

    I will do a test and plant out 1 Lupin and 1 Delphinium and see if they cope with the Winter. The rest can go in the plastic greenhouse.

    Slugs and Snails are'nt a problem, I am well on top of those blighters. :P

    r.e GardeningGranny Lupins are always worth a go, they put on a spectacular display!

  • Verdun what do you soray the aphids with ?? 


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I have these in 5inch pots at the moment and they have filled the pots with their roots, the plants are extremely healthy.

    Is it worth re-potting now or waiting til the spring to plant them out?

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    alright thanks very much image

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992




     Here are my Lupins & Delphiniums potted on into 2L pots. Probably will plant them out in a few weeks time, weather permitting image

    I love growing from seed, it's like having little children image

  • I wish my children were that quiet, Matt, and made as little messimage

    They look lovely and healthy, well done. Mine weren't planned, I think they have self seeded from my neighbour, but they are lovely, nonetheless. Think I will move them this yr so I can see them better.

    Just realised that I could have meant the kids, thenimage The LUPINS and DELPHS self-seededimageimage

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,105

    Matt - soooooo lovely to see the outcome of advice that was given months ago - i feel a personal connection to those beautiful plants in your greenhouse image.  Can we have another pic when they flower pleaseimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I like to respond to my past threads for purely that reason chicky image

    No point asking for advice if you cant share your success from it! 

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,105


    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,067

    I love lupins and delphs, my garden is full of them, mainly because I have to grow everything I need from seeds. These are the easiest along with foxgloves.I chop them back after flowering and get a second show, not quite so big but nice for late showing, i still had delphs in the autumn. Give them a wash with a homemade garlic solution, that will keep the slugs off.



    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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