The Q&A Archives: Lupine Stalk Broken By Squirrels

Question: My beautiful Lupine had a 2 ft. stalk in bloom on it and the squirrels for some reason kept leaping at it and they broke off the stalk. Can I still get seeds from that stalk? Will it propagate in water?

Answer: Darn those squirrels! I wonder if they eat lupine seed pods? If the blossoms had been pollinated, your lupine may set seed in a vase of water -- it's worth trying, at least. If the base of the plant is still alive, it will keep growing. It may even send up another stalk this summer. Gardener's Supply Co. ( sells a pillar trellis that, if placed over the growing stalk, could protect it from squirrel harrassment. At the very least, seeing an image of the trellis can give you an idea of how you might protect the plant.

By the way, my parents use a super soaker water gun to train squirrels to keep out of their bird feeders and gardens! Best of luck!

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