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Lupins, can I move them now?

CaralCaral Posts: 301

Hello, hope you'll all enjoying summer. Just wondering if I can lift and two large Lupins yet?



  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I'd wait until Autumn when they have died down

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Thanks Fleurisa, I have a couple of sedum that I was hoping to pop in their place.  


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,311

    I moved several and split a couple a few weeks back Caral, if it helps. I did it when the soil was wet, cut the foliage down and kept them well watered and they all are showing new growth now. I also moved sedums and they were absolutely fine. Probably not advisable but it's done nowimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,123

    I often move plants when we're not 'meant to', but as Victoria says if the soil's kept damp and you cut the foliage back to minimise stress  then it's not usually a problem. Get a big rootball out and prepare the new site thoroughly as well, and the plant will barely notice it's moved  image

    I move sedums regularly Victoria. I think they're the easiest of all - stick 'em in and off they go! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,668

    Ive moved virtually the whole garden this summer, including roses and not lost any of them.  As fairy girl says I dig out a fairly large root ball, use plenty of rotted manure and good soil and keep them well watered.  Roses are already sprouting so must be OK.  I moved lupins and they didnt even droop, it was as if nothing had happened.  Dont know if Im just lucky.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,123

    It's all in the prep Yvie. We get a lot of rain through summer and that helps. I've moved conifers at this time of year with no issue because they got plenty of watering in. Rain's always better than a hosepipe too, but it's really just timing and vigilance image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Fairygirl, you split them? Wow, how do you do that with a tap root?  


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I have terrible trouble keeping lupins as I have the national collection of slugs in my garden.  How do all you folks cope with your lupins being (not) eaten?  I grew some pulins this year from seed and have had to keep them in pots placed on grilling and I would so love to put them in the ground.

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Hi Forester2 the only way that I know that actually works is to go out after dark with BBQ tongs, torch and a jug of salt water, on a collect and kill mission. 


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,311

    When I split mine Caral, I just hacked them in half with a spade. It wasn't easy but eventually I ripped them apart. I split 2 large ones. There seemed to be loads of thick rubbery roots and each half had a share of them. I also snapped a couple when I dug them up but they seem fine. I'm sure it's alright to split lupins and it isn't just something I invented. Fairygirl or others will be able to confirmimageimage

    My lupins do get a bit chewed Forester, but by pure luck I planted them in my front garden which doesn't get many slugs as there are no hidey holes and I rarely water so it bakes in summer. They get ravaged by aphids thoimage


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