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Lupins... Time to deadhead?

matthewplato91matthewplato91 High WycombePosts: 3
Hi I'm growing lupins for the first time and the first flower stem here has these furry things at the bottom. Are these seeds and a sign that it's time to deadhead this flower? Or anything else?



  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Yes, it's beginning to go to seed, some people wait and enjoy the flower a little longer.........
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 80,541
    I wait until most of the flower is finished.

    One of my first gardening memories was as a four year old helping my grandmother ‘shell’ the seeds out of the pods of one saved stem she had allowed to ripen and dry in the plant. 

    She tied a length of string around it so Grandpa knew he mustn’t deadhead that one. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,266
    I wait for approx. half of the pods to form. It looks a bit untidy but the flowers are still valuable for wildlife.
  • micearguersmicearguers CambridgePosts: 603
    I always save some seeds. Lupines are not long lived in my experience, so I either let them self-seed or raise new plants.
  • harty8283harty8283 Posts: 1
    Hi ive planted lupin seeds while they was still green and ive had a few plants this year
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