How to properly sow lupins
- Sow in spring or early autumn
- Sow in rows or individually
- Water the seeds beforehand
- Sow lupins directly in the field
Actually, you can't go wrong with sowing lupins. It works best if you sow the seeds directly on the spot in early spring. If you missed the sowing date, you can still sow the perennial lupins at the end of August.
- Lupins - robust all-rounders for the garden
- Lupins provide color in the garden for several years
- Lupins require little maintenance
Keep a distance of at least 50 centimeters between the plants, because lupine shrubs like to spread out a little.
Lupins are dark germs. Either draw rows two to three centimeters deep or push the seed just as deep into the soil. Keep the seed spots well moist. Once the plants have reached a height of around 20 centimeters, you only need to water if the soil has dried out too much.
Sow in pots
If you don't yet know exactly where to plant your new lupins, you can also prefer them in pots.
Fill the pots with soil that shouldn't be too nutritious. Sow three seeds per pot. Keep the seeds well moist, but avoid waterlogging. Place the pots in a warm, sunny spot until the seeds germinate.
Once the plants have emerged, snap off the two weaker seedlings. After four weeks you can plant the lupins in the desired location in the garden.
Sow lupins yourself or share perennials?
You cannot multiply lupins just by sowing them. Older perennials can also be divided when the plants have grown too big.
The advantage of sowing lupins is that you are guaranteed to receive pure varieties. This is not always guaranteed with a congestion division.
Pull new lupins from cuttings
You can also get new perennials by propagating cuttings. For this purpose, so-called basal cuttings are cut.
These cuttings appear in the middle of the mother plant in spring. They are cut as soon as they reach ten centimeters in height.
Then the cuttings are placed in a growing container with growing soil. There they develop roots within six weeks and are then placed in individual pots. They come into the garden in autumn. Be careful not to kink or damage the very long roots when transplanting.
Tips & Tricks
Lupins have a tendency to self-seed. If you do not want to keep lupins all over the garden, you should cut off the bloomed panicles in good time. Caution: The seeds are poisonous and should be safely disposed of or stored.