What can I plant next to lupins?
Lupines (Lupinus Polyphyllus) are one of the most striking perennials in the late spring garden with their elegant lines, exquisite colors and fine-textured foliage. They partner extremely well with the tall, architectural ornamental onions (Alliums) to create spectacular displays.
How far apart should I plant Lupin plants?
Dig a hole for each plant and plant to the same depth as it was in the pot. Lupins grow from crowns and if these are planted too deep they will rot, if planted too shallow they may fail to establish well. Water well. The planting distance between each lupin should be 30cm to 45cm (12in to 18in).
Where should you plant Lupin?
Lupins do best in full sun or dappled shade, in moist but well-drained soil. Like many other perennials with tall flowers, lupins benefit from a sheltered position. Grow them towards the back of a border.
How toxic is the lupine plant?
Toxicity. Several varieties of lupines are toxic to animals and cause discomfort to humans when ingested. The poison is present in the foliage, but mostly it’s in the seeds. Large amounts of the toxins have to be consumed within a short time to cause poisoning, however.
Will lupines spread?
Lupines are deep rooted and do not spread except through re-seeding. Seeds will not come true to the original variety planted, but will eventually revert to blue-violet and white.
Are lupins good companion plants?
A mix of aromatic, nectar-rich and crop plants grown close together can look very beautiful. Legumes such as lupins, beans and peas also benefit the garden, as they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and make it available for other plants in the soil.
Do lupins like poor soil?
They ideally need well-drained poor soil in full sun; they will tolerate a little shade but if planted under trees they tend to grow soft and leggy with very few flowers. They won’t tolerate chalky soils or heavy wet soils as they will rot in winter.
When can I move lupins?
Transplant lupines when the seedlings are 4 to 6 weeks old. Young transplants are less likely to develop the long root that is prone to transplant damage.
Can Lupine grow in shade?
Choose a sunny site with average, well-draining soil. Lupines are legumes and can improve a soil’s fertility over time. Light: Full sun is preferred. Lupine can grow in part shade, but flowering will be lessened.
Are lupins invasive?
It is Bigleaf lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, which originated in the western United States. This plant was introduced to Maine as a landscaping plant, and quickly got out of control. In a nutshell, it is an invasive plant that can crowd native species out of their preferred habitats.