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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 22, 2011

Q. Lupines

Lupines have finally got a hold in my garden, but I have other flowers in there and am wondering will it hurt the lupines if I cut the plants back after they have flowered to give the other plants a chance to be seen.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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Lupines respond well to deadheading. Yes, you can cut the spent blooms and you may even get a second round of blooms if you do.

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Asked by
jbrown on
July 16, 2012

Q. my lupine plants have large seed pods

They are unsightly and if I remove them, does this prevent the plants from returning next year? Do they need to reseed from these pods to return? Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 17, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

If they are unsightly, go ahead and clip them. You may even get additional flowers when you do. While some are considered annuals and others perennial depending on your locale, you can always save a seedpod or two (store in brown paper bag in cool, dry area) until next season just in case. Here is more info on these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lupine/growing-lupines.htm

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Asked by
Domtony on
August 5, 2012

Q. Why are my lupines curling

The stalks are curling. . . as well as the leaves. There are, however, small flower blooms.

Answered by
Heather on
August 16, 2012
Certified Expert
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Curling is typically caused by a pest of some kind, such as aphids or whiteflies. Examine the plant closely to find the pests, they can be quite small. Treating the plants with a pesticide will help to clear it up.

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Asked by
highgarden on
August 21, 2012

Q. Can I Keep the Seeds From Lupines When Flowering Over

Can I keep the seeds from lupines when flowering is over and set them out again?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 22, 2012
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can harvest the spent blooms or dried seed pods from the plant and either save them for spring planting or direct sow them in the garden in fall. Some types do require soaking on water overnight prior to planting.

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Asked by
obelly on
June 8, 2014

Q. Do zone 3 plants survive zone 5?

I am in zone 5a and I found plants that say zone 3. Will they do well in zone 5 (i.e. Lupinus perennis 250 seeds, Papaver glaucum Tulip Poppy, Tanacetum coccineum Double Mix)?

Answered by
Heather on
June 8, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Plants typically have a range of zones they can live in, for example zones 3-8. These plants you are looking at will grow in zone 5 as well as zone 3.

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Asked by
Edwina Fisher on
September 27, 2014

Q. Moving Lupines

I have moved some full grown Lupine plants to another part of my garden. They don’t seem to be standing up as they should. Should I perhaps take some height off them to give them a chance to recover?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 28, 2014
A.

Yes, cutting back the foliage on a transplanted plant is always a good idea, to make up for the roots that were lost. This article has some insights into lupine care that you may find useful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lupine/growing-lupines.htm

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