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Lupin flower problem


I have lupin plants in my garden that used to flower (reds, purples etc) but now although they produce flower spikes they have no colour, flower buds don't open and they just start dropping off the stalk from the bottom up. They've been fed, new compost, watered well but this is the 2nd year they have been like this.  They are healthy otherwise.  Do I just dump them and start again with new plants?


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Basically yes. Start afresh.

  • Ok Thanks. I'll do that.


  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    I have not been lucky with lupins.   They last a year or two and then give up on me.     I love them, so at a flower show this year I made a bee-line for a lupin specialist stall and tackled them on the problem.    I was told "treat them mean!"     Give them poor soil, not richly improved as all my flower bed soil is.    So, as I can't make my soil poor, I have accepted that I will have to buy a couple of plants every two years or so.

  • Oops - well that'll be my problem then too. All my garden has good well composted flower &veg beds. Thanks for the info.

  • Rinus KRinus K Posts: 67

    I once made the mistake to give the lupines a bit of fertilizer. Within a week they were all dead.

    The problem you describe Tricia looks very familiar to the condition of my Lupines then. So I guess you've been to good for them and there was a bit fertilizer in the compost or food.

    I've been told Lupines enrich the soil with nutrition themselves.

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