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Planting out Lupins

John17John17 Posts: 19

I have some lupins in 5" pots (23/9/12) growing quite strongly outdoors.Should I plant them out into the garden at this time of year (NE Scotland) or keep them in the pots outdoors or put them into the greenhouse over winter? Thanks.




  • Thanks Christopher - I thought it would be a bit too cold up here!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 81,322

    And inspect around pots etc  for marauding snails!!!

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  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Yes, I agree - in a greenhouse over winter. And make sure that they are good-sized plants when you put them out, and protect from slugs and snails.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,374

    I'd like to know the secret to growing lupins.  I've tried them in the ground in various parts of my garden and they just don't survive, let alone thrive.  This year I tried again in a pot and those curled up their toes too.

    I have very fertile, alkaline to neutral loam and very hard tap water.  Do they need acidity?  Better drainage?  What?  All advice welcome as I plan to try again from seed next spring before giving up.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I have some young lupins which I now plant out in tubs surrounded by slug defence.They have done better in pots as my soil is heavy(clay) and been unsuccessful in keeping them imagebut in the pots they are doing fine,they will die back and hopefully flower next year.They are a  biannual so take two years before flowering.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,374

    Thanks FR and Chris. I have a well drained, sunny patch on the side front which is more neutral then the rest of the garden and may prove to be a better home.  I'll try them there and not water them after planting.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Sue Smith8Sue Smith8 Posts: 1

    Hi I have quite a few lupins I've  grown fron seed, They are about 9cm high now.  When is the best time to plant them out, also do they like potash as we have a wood burner and I  was thinking of scattering  some ash around them to deture  the fflipping  slug and snails. Any advice much appreciated.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,278

    I will be waiting til the frosts are gone before I plant mine out.  I'll harden them off for a week or two first.  I did this last year and got flowers in Augustimage, but this year those same plants have happily survived their first winter and I expect flowers in June as normal.

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