lupins

hi do you deadhead lupins?

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  • hi do you deadhead lupins and how ?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,237

    Yes cut off the spike just below the last flower when they fade

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,662

    Hopefully after you deadhead there will be some more flowerspikes grow up from lower down the stalk - they'll be smaller but still beautiful image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • so what if all the other flower stems are coming off one main stem do you cut it all to the ground ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,662

    No, just cut below where the faded flowers are.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • My lupins had flowered but where suddenly heavily infested with aphids, they were sticky.  I have chopped them down to the ground - hope that I did the right thing, guess I should have asked for advice before my radical action!

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,407

    Hi Clareabelle,

    I lost control of my aphid situation too and they've become very sticky. This happened last year too and I just chopped the flower heads off. The aphids don't seem to do any real harm to the plants though I don't think- they just look horrible. I've resorted to knocking them off the open flower heads so at least they have to walk back and chopping the heads off once they start to turn.

    Ive put some fish, blood and bone around mine this morning, not sure if that is the right thing to do but it won't do any harm I wouldn't have thought.

     Hopefully your plants will come back - I'm sure someone on here will know.

  • hi i,m new to this world of gardening, want to know , my lupin has finished flowering now ,what should i do next & will they flower again for me.image

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