Just wondering whether I should remove the head of this lupine and see if it flowers properly again or do I leave it like this and see what happens? Looks like the flower is only half emerging?
It does look like the flower bud has been damaged, so the bud will not recover. If you remove it now, there is a good chance that the plant will produce a second bud to replace the first one.
Some of my lupines have acquired some sort of disease (see photos). I've never encountered this in nine years. What is it and how do I treat it (I live in Ireland so it's been a bit damp these last few months)? Many thanks!
Here are some links that will help you.
I want to plant lupine at our cabin in the Sierras in California. When is the best time to plant seeds? I have read that they bloom in spring. What does the plant look like when not in bloom? Is it dry and ugly? I have a big open area in front of the cabin with no trees - just dirt - and I need curb appeal. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Though Lupines are a beautiful flower they may not be what you are looking for in terms of establishing a plant that will look good for most of the summer or even longer.
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How do I get my lupine ready for winter in New England? I live in CT, and grew one lupine plant from the garden center. It was beautiful - bloomed twice! I may have goofed when it finished blooming. I removed the flower/stem and watched as the foliage grew to a beautiful mound of lovely green flowers. Now I'm not sure what to do, if anything, now that winter is fast approaching. Mulch? Cut foliage back and then mulch? Leave it? HELP!
You have a few options - you can either cut the foliage back or just leave it - the foliage will slowly die back and in early spring when new shoots appear, you can just clear away any remaining dead foliage.
I recently (two weeks ago) planted lupine seeds purchased in Alaska and another packet in Alberta. The directions were to plant in the fall for spring sprouting. I just noticed several are already sprouting. Do I need to protect them through the winter with a covering of leaves or other mulch?
Lupines are perennial, so yes, by protecting the young plants with mulch, you will probably help their survival and allow them to come back in the spring.
This beautiful plant is growing in my garden. It bloomed and now the blooms are turning into pea like pods. What is this plant?
I planted two mini lupines a few weeks ago. They have grown n appear to be disease free. They were planted in shade n Sun. However, one thing that perplexes me...when Sun hits the plant the leaves curl. Before n after Sun, the leaves are wide open. Why? First pic no Sun, 2nd in sun
Thank you, I was thinking they were still adjusting. Do you think if I added something to help shade during hot hot summer Sun. A friend suggested adding low cut lattice around them for some shade. Wondering if that will help them get better rooted?
Your plant is likely still getting acclimated to it's new planting spot.
Make sure your watering well, water slowly and deeply to make sure the entire root structure is moist. You can mulch around the plants to aid in moisture retention.