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Lupins – Aged to Perfection

Lupins, that cottage garden favourite, will have been in flower for a few weeks now and the flower spikes will be beginning to fade. Don’t just sit there – deadhead the plants and they will produce new spikes for much of the summer!

Lupin Russel Mixed

Much loved by bumble bees the lupin needs to be in full sun or partial shade and the tall spikes may well want staking as they quickly reach for the sky.

Although lupins are pretty tough they are much loved by slugs and snails meaning that protection may be needed for young plants. Since 1981 lupin aphids have become widespread throughout the UK but can be managed as you would a normal aphid attack. Lupins are hardy but can be vulnerable to hard frost so covering the crown with mulch will give some additional protection.

Looked after well your lupin plants may last for many many years. Suttons customers, Michael and Lesley Rudge from Wales, recently sent us the following photo of their beautiful plant. Raised from Suttons lupin seed about 35 years ago the plant was proudly sporting 22 flowers at the time the photo was taken. Not bad at all for an old ’un.




Do you have an elderly lupin that has aged to perfection? If so we’d love to hear from you. We’re wondering if Michael and Lesley’s plant at 35 years old may be a record.

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About Lis

Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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