The Lupin Russell hybrids were bred for their long flowering period and strong and bright colours, 'The Pages ' is no exception with its magnificent vertical stems of carmine red blooms. This wonderful cottage garden favourite is ideal 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.
|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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