The Q&A Archives: Naturalizing with Lupines

Question: There are scattered wild lupine growing in surrounding fields. Would like to plant multi-colored hybrids in these same areas to grow wild. When should I plant? Any other helpful hints?

Answer: Have you ever heard the children's tale of Miss Rumphius? It's the story of a woman who spent her life scattering lupine seeds wherever she went - kind of like Johnny Appleseed! Although I believe she was purely fictional, her story is evidence of how easily lupines take to naturalizing.

Sow seed of the 'Russell Hybrids Mix' in early spring after hard frost has ended in spring. Soak seed overnight before planting to ensure quicker germination. They'll perform best if you cut them back to the base rosette after flowering. Enjoy!

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