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Lupins do not come true to type from seed, so lupins grown from seed are likely to flower in a mix of colours. Lupins can be divided in spring (not autumn) but division can be tricky as plants have a strong central tap root. The easiest way to propagate lupins is by taking basal cuttings in spring. Lupins will also self-seed in the garden, so lifting the seedlings with a garden trowel and potting them on, in is also a great way to generate new plants.
The Lupinus genus includes both annual and perennial plants. Perennial varieties of lupine grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Sweet pea-like blossoms cover the stiff upright flower spikes that reach 1 to 4 feet tall. Lupines provide dark blue, purple, yellow, pink and white color in the garden. Lupines grown from seeds may produce blooms the first year.Asparagus, Beetroot, Broad Bean, Broccoli Purple Sprouting, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (spring and summer), Cauliflower, Carrots, Courgettes, Cucumber - Ridge, French Beans, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Planting onion sets, Onions from seed, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Rhubarb, Runner Beans, Shallots, Spinach, Squash, Swede, Sweetcorn, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes.
You can sow seed initially is seed modules and then transplant into 8cm / 3in pots when the seedlings have four or more true leaves, normally two to three weeks after sowing. Alternatively sow one or two seeds directly into 8cm / 3in pots, this is the method we prefer. Sow the seed about 1cm deep and sprinkle fine compost on top. Use normal multi-purpose compost and water, but not water-log, the compost immediately after sowing.The first step to growing lupins from the seed pods is the harvesting of the pod. You want to select a few of the spikes that you intend to leave to go to seed while the plant is still actively growing, I normally choose one of the bigger ones and deadhead all of the others. The seed pods will be green at first, do not harvest them while they are green, this is too early. You want to leave the spike with the seed pods on the plant until they turn brown. (Source: patientgardener.co.uk)