'The Chatelaine' has showy spikes of densely packed and sweetly scented, soft pink and white flowers. Rising up on sturdy stems, the flowers open up from the base over several weeks hence providing a long blooming period.
Lupins are the stalwarts of the cottage garden and are perfect for adding height and structure to the back of perennial borders or as a feature in a large patio container.
Easy to grow and undemanding they put on quite a show with the minimum of fuss as long as they have enough moisture when actively growing.
The Lupin Russell hybrids were bred for their long flowering period and their strong and bright colours.
|When to sow||February to June, or September to October.|
|Where to sow||Soak seed overnight before sowing.|
Sow indoors on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite.
Place in a warm position (temperature of 20 to 30°C (68 to 86°F) is ideal). To maintain this temperature you may require a propogator or place the tray inside a sealed polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 18 to 21 days.
|What to do next||When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Deadhead to encourage further flowering. Flower stems may require staking if in exposed area.|
|Flowering period||May to July (following summer).|
|Companion Planting||Extremely attractive to bees and other pollinating insects.|
|Uses||Borders, Pots and Containers, Cut Flowers.|
|Height||90 to 120cm (3 to 4ft).|
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