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Q.I Bought A Lupine And Have Just Realised That The Top Has Snapped Off. Will It Grow Up As Normal Or Not? Please Help.

Zone B633QS | kinsmanmaria added on June 8, 2020 | Answered

I have not planted lupines before as I think they look lovely in my garden. Just would like to know about my question as I do hope it will grow.

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Answered on June 8, 2020

It is lovely! I see lots of foliage so do you have other stems coming up? This spike won't get any taller, in fact, when the blooms are spent, if you deadhead the spike, you should get more. Let some of them go to seed so you will increase the number of lupines next spring.


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Answered on June 8, 2020

The plant will survive just fine. Flowering and making seed is actually stressful for a plant; add being transplanted to the stress level and the plant will suffer. So losing its bloom makes it easier to focus on good root development. Unfortunately, you will not get a "replacement" bloom for the one that snapped off but you should have a nice display next year.

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