How to Grow Lupine from Seed: Tips for Starting Lupine Seeds Indoors and Outdoors

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Growing Lupine Seeds

Do you want to grow your own lupine plants? It's easy to do. In this article, we will discuss the best tips for starting lupine seeds indoors and outdoors. We will also talk about when is the best time to plant lupin seeds, and how to winter sow lupine seeds for a successful harvest.

History of Lupine Flowers

Lupine flowers are a type of flower that is found in North America. The Lupinus genus is part of the Leguminosae family, which includes clover, alfalfa, and peas. This family is unique in that it is able to nitrogen to the soil, which helps to fertilize the earth and promote plant growth.

Lupines come in a wide range of colors, including pink, purple, red, yellow, and blue. The most common lupine in North America is the blue lupine, which can be found in fields and gardens across the continent. Lupines have a long blooming season, often lasting from early spring to late summer.

These colorful flowers are a favorite among gardeners and attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. While lupines are considered annuals, they will often reseed themselves and return the following year.

Optimal Conditions For Growing

When planning to grow lupines, it is important to know their flower growing zones. Lupines are a versatile plant and can be grown in most soil types, but they prefer well-drained soil. They also prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Lupines can be propagated by seed, but they can also be propagated by division.

Lupines are a hardy plant and will usually bloom the first year after planting. However, if you are growing lupines from seed, it may take two years for them to bloom.

Lupines From Seed

Growing lupines from seed can be a challenge, but starting them indoors can give you a head start on the season.

Lupines are a member of the pea family, and like other peas, they have a hard outer shell that protects the seed inside. In order to germinate, the seed must first be scarified, or nicked, so that water can enter. Once the seed has been scarified, it can be sown in a moist potting mix and placed in a sunny spot. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and in about two weeks you should see the first signs of growth. Transplant them into the garden after the last frost date, lupines will bloom in early summer with an explosion of color.

So if you're patient and willing to give them a little extra care, starting lupine seeds indoors can give you beautiful blooms all summer long.

Winter Sowing Lupine Seeds

Lupines are a hardy perennial that adds color and texture to the garden. Lupines are typically planted in the spring, but winter sowing is a great way to get a jump on the growing season. To winter sow lupin seeds, simply scatter them on the ground in late fall or early winter. Then, wait for the snow to cover the seeds and provide insulation from the cold.

In the spring, the seeds will germinate and the seedlings will be ready to transplant into the garden. Winter sowing is a simple way to get a head start on the growing season, and it’s a great way to add lupines to your garden.

Lupine Seeds For Sale

We have a wide variety of lupine seeds for sale. Enjoy!


For some helpful information on growing flowers, please see our Growing Guide in the Resource Center. If you are interested in wild lupine seeds, please see our recent article on growing native plants.

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