Monday, April 12, 2010
Lupine - Russell Strain Mix
Botanical Name: Lupinus polyphyllus
One of the most decorative plants, thanks to it's tall stalks bearing large flowers in a number of brilliant colors. Very hardy, long-lived and low maintenance. The popular Russell Lupine produces a mixture of pastel shades including rose, lavender and blue flowers and blooms from April through July.
How to grow
Lupines do not require a lot of moisture and grow well in both full sun and partial shade conditions. For best results, seeds should be soaked in cold water overnight and planted in the early autumn. Keep soil moderately moist during germination, do not overwater. Cover with 1/8 inch of soil, use light, sandy or gravelly, well-drained soil. It germinate in temperature 55-70F. Days to germination in 15-70 days. Direct sowing is recommended as Lupines do not transplant well.