Caring for lupines is easy as long as you try to recreate their natural habitats, such as sandy soil from the beaches. Discover how to care for your lupines with tips from a third-generation flower grower in this free video on gardening tips.
Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to care for Lupin or Lupines. Now they're a beautiful American plant that is found the world over that's really easy to grow as long as you try to recreate their natural habitats. So Lupin or Lupine has been found naturally from Southern California, from the beaches to the mountainside, the Cascade mountains all the way up to the Northwest and so they can be grown in sandy soil along the beach or in mountainous areas really really well and they can handle pretty cold temperatures, maybe not as cold as Alaska but in the mountains of the Northwest they do really well and they're really easy to start from seed in the Spring or you can start them from root any time especially in the Fall when you divide them back out. So you can buy a Lupen or Lupine by the root or you can buy them by the seed and start them but whenever you buy a plant that is kind of rooted and you want to transplant it whether you are putting it in the soil of your home or in the ground I always like to stimulate growth on the roots by just kind of cutting it up a little bit, just breaking them up so it is not just a big rock when you plant it and turn around when you plant them back in you want to have the roots covered but the foliage exposed and just make sure it is kind of covered up and you want to water them well but give them really good drainage. They never want to sit in water and what I have learned too about Lupine is if you are in the mountainous area where it is kind of cool or you are along the beach where it is cool they can handle full hot sun. If you are inland or somewhere where it can get really hot and kind of dry in the Summer give them part shade in the afternoon and they'll do much better because if it's too hot they'll just kind of fry but as long as the foliage looks good, leave them green as soon as the blooms are done, cut the blooms out, leave the foliage until it turns brown then cut it to the ground and they'll come back every year as long as you live in a milder climate. If you live in a really really cold climate then just dig them up, throw them in the garage, leave the roots dry but never too too dry, try to keep them alive and then plant them again in the Spring but they're a beautiful plant for your garden.