The Q&A Archives: Trying to Grow English Cottage Perennials in the Tropics

Question: I live on a tropical island and I've tried to plant lupin, delphinum, snapdragon using seeds but I failed. The seeds had grown but then died. Did I miss something? Perhaps it's the weather conditions? Can I grow English garden plants on a tropical island? Please help me. Bambang Surabaya, Indonesia

Answer: I don't think it's possible to grow English cottage garden flowers such as delphiniums and lupins on a tropical island. These plants need a cool period of about 12 weeks in winter to be able to come back and flower the next year. The best you can hope for is a mountain are that gets into the 5-10C in winter or just grow some as annuals.

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