Lupins... Time to deadhead?
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?
Yes, it's beginning to go to seed, some people wait and enjoy the flower a little longer.........
Central Norfolk UK
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
I wait for approx. half of the pods to form. It looks a bit untidy but the flowers are still valuable for wildlife.
I always save some seeds. Lupines are not long lived in my experience, so I either let them self-seed or raise new plants.
Hi ive planted lupin seeds while they was still green and ive had a few plants this year