Lupini Mix Lupins
Lupinus polyphyllus. Nicely compact plant with tall stalks that produce beautiful, longer lasting blooms. Foliage stays greener longer than other varieties and is first year flowering. A mixture of blue, yellow and red with a delicate touch of white on each petal. Height 3-4'. Approx. 25 seeds/pkg.
Start inside in peat pots 6-8 weeks before last frost. Chip seeds or soak in warm water for 24 hours before sowing 1⁄8 inches deep. Provide cool temperatures (13-18 degrees C) and seed should germinate in 1-2 weeks. May also be direct seeded in very early spring or late fall. Seed rate for direct seeding of Lupins: 1 lb/1000 sq.ft. or 5 g/sq.meter. Frost will help break the hard seed coat. Transplant outside after last frost into full sun or light shade 12-18 apart.
Plant in groups for best show. Water and deadhead regularly. Feed with a low-nitrogen, high-phosphorus fertilizer. Lupins are short-lived (3-4 years), but they self-seed reliably although the new plants often revert to blue.