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Lupin stems falling down

All the bottom stems on the lupins seem to be falling down. They are all lying flat on the ground.

Could this because of the aphids on the plant? Grey aphids.

Otherwise flowering and looking well.


  • slwslw Posts: 14
    We are experiencing extreme weather conditions at the moment. Wind, no rain and hot temperatures for May.I would be tempted to try and tie them in before the pests descend upon them or cut them so the plant has air circulating.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,766
    I had a lupin flower spike go over yesterday in what I thought was the most sheltered spot, whilst thise most exposed to the wind stayed upright...🤷🏻‍♂️
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    They do that. Nothing to worry about.
    Don't overfeed them either - just creates soft, sappy growth, more susceptible to weather.
    Ideally, you'd have other planting to support them  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thanks so much! Do you recommend chopping them off? The fallen stems have stayed alive like this for a couple of weeks.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    I'd leave them unless there's a problem, but if you can get a support in, it'll prevent them rotting on the ground.
    Ideally, you'd put one in sooner if there's no surrounding plants to keep them upright.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,893
    I’d leave then, it’s just the dry weather. Don’t feed, they thrive on unfed soil. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks for all the advice!  :)
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