Answer: Lupines produce flower spikes and each individual flower is capable of developing a seed. Therefore, you'll find many seeds in one flower spike. Wait until the spike turns tan, indicating the seeds are ripe, then cut it from the plant. Hold it upside-down in a paperbag and shake to dislodge the seeds. The seeds are each encased in a hard outer shell, and are 1/4 to 1/2 the size of a garden pea. Do not open or break individual seedcoats. Soak the seeds for 24 hours or chip the seed coats to help the seeds absorb moisture. Then sow 1/8" deep in moistened seed starting mix. Seeds should germinate in 14-60 days when kept at 55F - 65F. Burpee's catalog carries Russell Hybrid Mix Lupines. Order online at http://www.burpee.com or phone toll-free (800) 888-1447.
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