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DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

Hi, all. For many years I have  tried to grow lupins (the

common  Russell ones), and they just take centuries to grow

and ... nothing, they never flower. There´s this new dwarf

lupin called "Avalune" which promises to grow in 4 weeks,

has anyone tried them, and do they really do it ?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    grow from what to what in 4 weeks?

    seed to flower? doesn't sound likely

    seed to slug dinner time? that sounds more possible

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    I´m so sorry, my mistake: I meant four MONTHS...

    Last edited: 16 September 2016 19:27:25

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  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    Verdun, thank you for the (optimistic) advice. My garden is a bit

    too dark for lupins, I guess (even sweet peas only seem to flower

    in the front garden). Where I live (Brazil), lupins are not usually

    available as plugs, only as seed. It seems that I have better luck

    with plants that flower more quickly (like phlox, aster,

    pelargoniums, larkspur) than with perennials that take 

    a lot of time to mature; that's why I thought of the dwarf lupins.

    Last edited: 17 September 2016 13:26:48

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Oh my goodness! Do you mean you are trying to grow lupins in Brazil? Are you serious? I think I would go for something more suited to tropical conditions. At least you won't have to worry about late frosts...

  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    There are many "Brazils", Posy. Where I live is subtropical (cool

    dry winters, nice spring and autumn), but the microclimate of my

    back garden is almost temperate (because it is South faced). My

    delphiniums,for example, seem to be growing nice this year...

    Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:25:54

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,991

    There are annual lupins, I've seen them advertised. Not sure if they're really annuals or just first year flowering perennials

    Lots more if you do an 'annual lupin' search

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Well, well. I had no idea!

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