Lupins

Lupins begin to flower from the end of May, and so fill a gap which often occurs then. They are most effective in the right type of container, and perhaps their only fault is a tendency of the blooms to drop quickly when placed in a very close atmosphere.

To do really well, they should have a well-drained soil and one in which there is a good quantity of rotted manure, while really first-class results can be had when using land which was manured for a crop the previous season. When the plants are in position, an annual mulching can be given after growth dies down in the autumn. A good amount of humus in the soil is desirable, for on thin, dry land the flower-spikes are both small and of poor quality. Failing manure, a good dressing of bone meal orLupins hoof-and-horn manure is most helpful. Form known as ‘Coral Plume’, having a distinct coral-pink shading. These flowers give height and distinction to large arrangements.

Autumn and spring are both good planting times, and although frequently done, it is really best not to raise a stock from seed, since the resultant plants and flowers do deteriorate fairly quickly. The only safe way is to reproduce vegetatively. For this purpose stock plants should be given protection during the winter and spring, young basal shoots 2-3 in. long being taken in February or March. If secured with a heel, they will normally root quickly. It is also possible to detach some young shoots with roots from developing plants and put them out at once.

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