Russell Lupins seeds and flowers
Lupinus x polyphyllus (Russell Lupins) are the most popular flowering lupins. With wonderful tall flower spikes to 1m in height, and come in a range of flower colours. Flowering in early summer Russell Lupins with tall flower spikes are a great feature in the garden border.
These are a clumping perennial with attractive foliage and flower spikes that rise to over 1m in height.
These are a clump forming perennial plant, and they are popular for the tall colourful flower spikes.
Growing to 1 – 1.5m Russell Lupins are used widely in garden borders. Flower colours vary from white through to purple and orange. You will also find bi colour varieties in some nurseries.
A warm sunny position in a humus rich well drained soil is best.
Russell lupins can be grown from seed sown in early spring or from the tubers.
They are best in a humus rich moist soil and in warmer climates, protection from the hot afternoon sun is best.
Russell lupins will self seed, so deadhead or collect seeds heads to prevent spreading. Seed can be collected from spent flower heads or tubers can be divided once established.
Growing from seed
If you plant Lupin seeds in spring they will take from 6 months to 18 months to flower.
For faster flowering try geminating the seeds in a heated propagating tray stating them mid winter. You can pot them up and then plant them out in spring.
Transplanting can be a problem, however if you use biodegradable pots so as not to disturb the root system this can be overcome.
Russell Lupins are available for sale from the following nurseries
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
"Guaranteed mail order flowering bulbs, perennials, roses, trees, landscaping plants, garden accessories and community fundraising Austra lia-wide."
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.