Lupins - Knowledgebase Question

Boynton Beach, Fl
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Question by seabrookme
April 15, 2010
I am desperately trying to grow Lupins here from seed. I soaked the seeds overnight, then planted them in fresh potting soil. Within 4 days I had tiny sprouts (indoors). They grew to about an inch, then shrivelled & died. I now have a new pkg of seeds. Pls advise how I can grow these. I'm from Nova Scotia & dearly want to grow a flower from 'home'!
Mary Elizabeth

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2010
When starting from seed, germination is greatly increased by a 7-day cold treatment. Place seeds and a slightly damp paper towel in a Ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator. After the cold treatment, chip the seed or soak in warm water for a 24 hour period. This will soften the hard outer coating. Treated seeds can thenbe directly sown into a seedbed. Untreated seeds can be sown outdoors September-November and the winter weather will provide the chill they need. I know you're anxious to get them growing but they don't transplant well so instead of starting the seeds indoors, prepare your garden bed by working in some compost and plant the seeds directly in the garden, or plant them outdoors in large containers filled with moistened potting soil. Good luck with your lupines.

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