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Lupine Seeds, Russell’s Mix Hybrid

Lupinus polyphyllus
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Russell Mix Lupin is an easy-to-grow perennial. Growing in colorful spires, these flowers have a refreshing vibrancy in the garden. Hardy to zone 3 and overwinters when mulched.  Zone 3
Caution: Seeds are poisonous if eaten.

  • SKU: 140127
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Safe for bees
for Bees
Grow best in
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
20 to 30 days
Water needs
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Growing height
Growing Height:
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  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Lupinus polyphyllus
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.8
  • Approximate Seed Count: 20-25
  • Common Name: Bluebonnet
  • Characteristics: attracts pollinators | low maintenance
  • Planting Method: Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Perennial (returns very year)
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Color: Red, purple, white, yellow
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: July to August
  • Disease Resistance: deer resistant
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    Growing Instructions:

    Start Lupine seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. As the seedcoats are hard, nick them with a sharp knife, or nail clippers, being careful not to damage the embryo inside. Soak seeds for 1-2 hours in room temperature water. Moisten a paper towel (not soaking wet), and spread seeds out in a single layer on the paper towel. Wrap a dry paper towel around the damp paper towel to help keep things moist but not too wet (which could become mouldy). Place in a plastic bag and seal. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 14 days before planting. If seedlings start to sprout in the bag in the refrigerator, remove them immediately and plant them according to normal seed starting indoors methods. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting into their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Pick a location sheltered from the wind and receives at least 6 hours of sun per day. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist, but not soggy while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")
  • Plant Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Lupines are a legume, which means that they fix nitrogen in the soil and they enrich your soil health.
  • Well-draining soil is necessary as the plant does poorly in soggy soil which will cause stress to the plant and may lead to root rot. Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Avoid fertilizing.
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will keep the plant tidy and may reward you with more blooms.
  • Choose your planting location carefully as the roots do not like to be disturbed and may not return the following year.

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