Lupines
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Seeds

Zone TF26PU | maureen robson added on June 12, 2018 | Answered

The seeds in the pods on the plant in photo !! Can I replant or could you advise me plz what to do

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MichiganDot
Answered on June 12, 2018

That is a hybrid lupine. To save seeds, wait until the pods turn tan colored. They won't be ripe seeds if you pick them now. Carefully pick the pod; when fully ripe they "explode" flinging seed several feet away. Remove seeds from pod and allow to dry out of direct sunlight for several days. Store in a cool, dry place. There are 2 things that must be done to get the seeds to germinate. 1. Place in plastic bag with damp paper towel and place in refrig' for 2 weeks. Scarify or nick the seed and soak seeds in warm water for several hours. Seeds that sink are ready to plant. Scarify floaters again and soak until they sink. Lupine has a taproot and is best sown directly in the garden but only about 1/4." deep. Keep soil moist and be patient. Seed may take 2 - 12 weeks to germinate. Since it is a hybrid seed, flowers may not look like the parent plant. I suggest buying a pack of seed. The seed company has already treated the seed so you won't need to do anything but plant them.

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