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Old 04-11-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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When we had our yard professionally landscaped about five years ago, the designer put in which I'm pretty sure must have been Lupines. I'm not 100% sure since I can't find his initial plans where he showed what he'd be planting where. I'm just going by pictures I've been looking at, trying to identify them.

The reason I'm posting is that I think I became over-zealous a couple of years ago, and in cleaning up the dead stuff in the fall, I suspect I pulled up the Lupines by the roots since not one flower came up last spring. So...

When is the best time to plant them? (I'm in hardiness zone 6.)
Should I buy partially grown plants or seeds? (Please don't say seeds; I'm much too impatient unless that is really my best option.)
What else do I need to know? (I'll be planting them where they thrived before, so I am pretty sure the soil and light they'll be getting is right for them.)
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Seeds. You can buy lupines in pots but they're expensive--I've seen them up to $10 per plant. Seeds are cheap.


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Old 04-12-2010, 04:52 AM
 
Location: somewhere over the rainbow Ohio
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I've always had Lupines. Except they seem to be making appearances every other year. I plant some seedlings every year and enjoy when they flower, but they have yet to come back every year in my zone 4-5 garden in upstate NY.
There is no reason why you can't buy seedlings to put out in your garden this year and wait to see if they come back next year.
Best of luck,
Pam
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Lupines grow wild (feral escapees from long ago) in all the coastal areas of northern Maine, that's considered zone 5-6. They are considered to be perennial but many strains are biennials and spread by rhizome root systems, so most folks around here share or buy plants rather than mess with seeds. As I said they are biennial so they will flower 1-2 years then die off while the newer sprouts take off, just like columbine. So plant a sizable bed for it to be self-sustaining. They are capable of fixing nitrogen to the soil so they tend to like poor soils with really good drainage.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Lupines grow wild (feral escapees from long ago) in all the coastal areas of northern Maine, that's considered zone 5-6. They are considered to be perennial but many strains are biennials and spread by rhizome root systems, so most folks around here share or buy plants rather than mess with seeds. As I said they are biennial so they will flower 1-2 years then die off while the newer sprouts take off, just like columbine. So plant a sizable bed for it to be self-sustaining. They are capable of fixing nitrogen to the soil so they tend to like poor soils with really good drainage.
Oh, so they are really biennials!!! That explains why they were so gorgeous for the first couple of years and then nothing!

How early in the year can I plant my seeds then if I'd in zone 6? Will I see some flowers this year?

And thanks to everybody who answered!
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:20 AM
 
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Hi Katzpur! Here is a link that might be useful: Buy Sell Perennials Flowers Seeds Farm Supply Farmer Market
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Hi Katzpur! Here is a link that might be useful: Buy Sell Perennials Flowers Seeds Farm Supply Farmer Market
Thanks! I ended up planting something else last year, but they couldn't compare to the Lupines I originally had. I want to go back to Lupines.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Lupines are beautiful, but I can't think about or look at them without thinking about this ...


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Old 02-11-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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Seeds will do fine, just make sure the area they are in is well-drained and gets plenty of sunlight. If you're putting them in the same location, then you already know they'll do well there.

There are a lot of wild lupines in the Canadian Maritime provinces. Rumour is that they were grown by a Johnny Appleseed kind of guy who just liked them and tossed lupine seeds by the side of the road everywhere he went around the Maritimes. At least once they get going, they don't need a lot of maintenance....
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