Lupines are a herbaceous perennial that come in a brilliant array of colors and bloom in late spring to early summer. The pea shaped blooms sit atop tall spikes with a deep green foliage. The plants are best used in borders, wild flower gardens and fields and thrive in a northern climate. Once the plant has been established each year thereafter will bring stronger and bigger blooms to the Lupine.
Choosing a Location
Lupines do well in an area that is exposed to at least 6 hours of daylight each day or partial shade. Make sure to choose a well-drained location free of weeds and other plants. This allows the plant to have plenty of room to spread. Pick your location thoughtfully as lupines do not do well if transplanted.
How to Plant
Lupines flourish in a rich soil without lime. When it’s time to plant, preferably later spring when the danger of frost has passed, dig a hole making sure the root ball fits into it. Cover the top of the ball of root with approximately 1 inch of soil.
Care and Maintenance
Lupines are a low maintenance plant that requires little care and feeding as they are able to produce their own nitrogen from the soil. Keep the roots cool with an application of approximately 3-4 inch layer of mulch or compost. Water frequently, keeping the soil damp but never drenched. To help promote continuous blooming, remove the spent flower heads. In early spring, this plant requires a dressing of compost mixed together with bone meal. To help encourage lupines to spread, collect the plants’ seed pods and plant them.