Arroyo Lupine Seeds -Lupinus succulentus
Native to California, Arroyo Lupine or Succulent Lupine can be found growing wild (and abundantly!) across much of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. This gorgeous annual will grow about 2 feet tall and produces lovely, upright spikes of deep blue and white blooms. A prolific re-seeder, Arroyo Lupine is a popular choice among wildflower gardeners.
*Seed scarification advised for lupine seeds (Nicking or scaring seeds with hard seed coatings before planting helps the seeds absorb water. After scarification soak seeds in water overnight before planting. This will jump-start germination and get your garden growing faster.)
Name:Arroyo Lupine Seeds
Botanical Name:Lupinus succulentus
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Plant Type:Tall wildflower with abundant stacks of purple blossoms
Features:Heirloom, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Cut Flower Garden, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Container Garden
Blooms:Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Plant Height:Up to 24 inches
Plant Spacing:12-14 inches
Planting Depth:1/8 inch
Sowing Method:Direct Sow
Seeds per Packet:600 mg
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How to Plant Arroyo Lupine
When to Plant Lupine Seeds
Direct sow in early Spring, as soon as the soil is able to be worked. You can also start Lupine seeds indoors, 4-8 weeks before the final frost of the Spring. In temperate climates, Lupine seeds can also be sown in the Fall, after the first killing frost.
Where to Plant Lupine Seeds
Choose a space with Full Sun conditions, or some light shade. Lupines do best in moist, well-draining, somewhat sandy and well-worked soil.
How to Plant Lupine Seeds
Soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water, or you can use sandpaper to rough up the exterior coating of the seed. This will help make it easier for your seeds to germinate and give you a stronger success rate. Direct sow your seeds onto the surface of the sil and compress, but do not cover, as Lupines need sunlight to germinate. Sprouts will appear in about 10-15 days.
How to Care for Lupine
Deadhead spent blooms to encourage additional flowering through the season. Taller varieties of Lupine may need staking as well. Don’t cut down dead spikes in the Spring/summer, and instead wait until the fall. Likewise, seed pods can be harvested and saved for future plantings. For perennial Lupine, mulching in the winter can be beneficial for the roots. As Spring approaches, the mulching can be removed.
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