Russell Strain Mix Lupine is a favourite wildflower native to North America that is sure to add a nice touch of colour to your garden. Lupine Russell Strain Mix is a hardy perennial that is self-seeding, so be prepared to have a dedicated place to admire early spring blooms for years to come! This mix is a beautiful combination of red, blue, pink, purple and white, among other colours.
The popular plants grow into spikes that bears many small pea-like flowers that bloom from the bottom up. Russell Strain Mix lupines grow up to 3 feet tall with lush foliage, so they can make a nice background for a planted flower arrangement. Ready to colour-up your garden and landscape arrangements, this variety is also well-suited for container gardening and indoor growing enthusiasts. Simply stunning when cut fresh for a bouquet, the colourful flowers should last about ten days in a vase.
- Latin Name: Lupinus polyphyllus
- Life Cycle: Perrenial
- Canada Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Days to Maturity: 90-100
- Planting Depth: 3-4 seeds 1 cm deep
- Plant Spacing: 25-35 cm
- Growth Habit: 60-90 cm tall
Some of the most anticipated spring wildflowers are the rangy blossom spikes of lupines. The colourful blooms are a welcome sign early in the year. They are fast growers and are kept both as annuals and perennials. Start your seeds early in the spring, select the right spot and you can enjoy your lupines every year.
Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost or sow directly after all danger of frost has passed. Seeds should be scarified before planting by chipping with a knife or rubbing with sandpaper. Seeds also benefit from a period of cold stratification. After scarifying the seeds, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place them in the refrigerator for a week.
Using tall biodegradable peat or coco pots, gently press seeds into the surface of the soil. Lupines start to develop a taproot immediately and it’s best to disturb it as little as possible when transplanting out. Lightly cover seeds with soil and keep moist until germination in about two to four weeks. Harden off with gradual exposure to the elements in a sheltered place and transplant into the garden after the last frost.
Lupines will do best under full sun, especially in cooler climates. In hot regions, afternoon shade is advised. Provide a garden space with soil rich in organic matter and good drainage. Water regularly during dry spells but don’t let the soil stay damp for long periods of time. Lupines prefer cool summers and grow especially well in northern climates. Too much high heat and sun may discourage flowering.
Lupines won’t require any fertilizer, just supplement them with compost if the soil doesn’t contain a high level of organic matter. Stake or tie up the tall flower stalks to keep them from flopping over and deadhead the spent blossoms to promote more blooming.
Being from the same family as legumes like peas and alfalfa, lupines take nitrogen from the air and fix it into the soil. Try mixing them into the vegetable garden or using them as a cover crop in rotations. Flowers can be left in the garden over winter to self-seed.
Lupines started from seed usually won’t bloom in their first year, but be patient. Take care of them and have faith that you’ll be rewarded with their gorgeous towers of polka-dot blooms for many seasons to come.
- Lupines are excellent nitrogen-fixers in the garden. They are often planted near squash, cucumber and broccoli to improve the quality of the soil and facilitate the growth of these plants.
- Lupine seeds will remain viable for 2 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.
OUR SEED GUARANTEE
You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.
Picked and bagged for 2023 the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.
We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.
We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!
Nice packaging. Fingers-crossed I can get...
Nice packaging. Fingers-crossed I can get them to grow;)
I will not be planting these until spring...
I will not be planting these until spring so I cannot provide a review about how many seeds actually produce flowers. What I can tell you is that the packaging is phenomenal, seller is well educated in the subject matter and I have very high hopes for success with planting next year. Shipping was prompt, everything is wonderfully packaged and the information provided on the Etsy pages or on their website is top notch. The free seeds that were generously added to my order were very much appreciated too! This seller has quickly become a favorite because of their very reasonable prices and phenomenal packaging! Highly recommend on those points alone.
Always great quality seed, nice packaging...
Always great quality seed, nice packaging and quick shipping
Very fast delivery. Nicely packaged and la...
Very fast delivery. Nicely packaged and labeled. Hopefully they'll germinate and grow. Thank you.Cant wait
Plusieurs pousses déjà... super contente
Plusieurs pousses déjà... super contente