The Original Russell Lupin Strain

aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. CanadaJune 12, 2011

Some time ago I posted about buying a pkt. of Russel Lupin seed from Ashwood Nurseries in England. I ended up with just a couple of plants :(, 1 purple and yellow, 2 pink and whites due to a slug/snail hit and run one night. I now put copper mesh around anything I seed.

These might not be quite as nice as some of the improved Russell Lupins on the market now but I think they're pretty good, a lot better than the last lupins I grew from seed, I ended up tossing them.

I have the whole story on how they came about, how they were salvaged, but, you know how that goes, I have it in such a safe place I can't put my fingers on it.

All going well I'll try collecting as much seed as I can, if successful I can share with a few who might be interested in these olden goldies :).


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I love the colours of the first pic...such a rich magenta

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 7:30PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Well, they are very pretty.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 10:21PM
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How do I know if a seed packet marked Russell Lupine is the original or a new version? I did wintersow some seeds this past winter, but they were from a basic seed provider. Won't see blooms until later.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 10:23PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Oh, man! I LOVE love love the first photo. Psychedelic!!!!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 11:18PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

deanna, I would imagine your Russell Lupin seed has been selected from the best of the best over the years, better growth habit and better flower form etc. The seed I have came from plants found still growing at the original sight where Mr. Russell did his hybridizing, I think in the 30's.
I love growing things that have a history or story to go with them.


    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 10:26AM
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They're gorgeous! How do you keep them looking so lush and lovely. I'm trying to keep powdery mildew at bay long enough to see the one bloom stalk that my sole lupine plant has. I only planted it last year and maybe I didn't site it well enough. Yours look great.


    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 4:35PM
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