Lupins and Linaria - Ohio Valley Advice?

bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)July 21, 2004

Ok, a very very nice person sent me a ton of lupines - no idea which ones, but that's the fun. What is your lupine experience? Not hot sun I guess? I dunno.

Also, I winter sowed linaria - toadflax - and planted it full sun. It's doing nothing, just kinda sitting there. Should I shade it a bit.

Any advice out there?

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mike_g_(Zone 5b OH)

I have tried to grow Russel Lupins for years. I grew them years ago in a spot with morning sun, shade after that. They did great.

No spot like that where I live now. No lupins growing either.

Mike G

    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 3:00PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Bakemom...I can't grow a lupine to save my soul - as they say. I've tried from seeds, from small starts, from large plants. I've tried in full sun and part sun. I figure it's one I just can't do.

Have fun, good luck and I'll come over and look at yours!!


    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 3:57PM
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bolecke(5 OH)

I have some lupines growing in 4" and #1's. Some are in full sun all day and others only get full sun after 12:00. They ones that get only half day full sun look better. I have found that they don't like to be bone dry and sometimes they scorch in the full blazing sun. I also have to water 1x per day unless we get rain.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 12:13PM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

So I'm thinking perhaps morning sun? Half day? I have heard that from others. Well, we'll give it a shot this year winter sowing.
Thanks everyone.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 6:43PM
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plantsnobin(z6 IN)

I grew linaria purpurea from seed this spring, and it bloomed great. Mine are all in full sun and are doing fine. I am worried that they may be invasive, though. I have read that they can be invasive, so I will have to keep an eye on them.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2004 at 3:13PM
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I winter sowed some Russel's Hybrid seeds in a gallon milk bottle last season (3/03). The seeds germinated ok and I set out several in the garden that spring in full sun. Most of them died and the few survivors didn't bloom. But this year two of those plants came back and bloomed. Here's a picture of the largest one in bloom. It's about 12" tall. I want to grow some more if I can but they are pretty hard to grow here. Here's a picture if I'm lucky enough to enter the link correctly.......Jay

    Bookmark   August 29, 2004 at 4:22PM
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Does anyone know why the picture didn't show. I entered:

(without the quotation marks)

I'd appreciate any help. thanks......Jay

    Bookmark   August 29, 2004 at 4:37PM
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princess_mimi(z5 6 OH)


I tried lupins from seeds that I strted indoors. They did great until I put them in the ground. Then they died. I got a lupin at the spring swap. I just plunked it in my new lasagna bed and it is doing great. I have no idea why.

I'll let you know how it does next year.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 4:58PM
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I'd love to grow lupines! So, what are the easiest lupines to grow in Ohio? Is it best to grow seeds or buy a plant? Any suggestions?
JC...loved your photo!!

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 10:22PM
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alanrocks(z6 KY)

I have success germinating lupines, but that's it. Getting them to actually grow is another matter! Currently I've got a single Texas Bluebonnet (Lupina texana) that I grew from seed. It is looking good for now, but I've been known to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" when it comes to those and other plants.
I germinated some Linaria this year, and actually had a couple plants bloom. However that is a flower that needs to be in mass, not just one or two! I'm not sure I'll try that one again.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 9:33PM
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