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Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

Posted by Jeanne_in_Idaho z5 N.Idaho (My Page) on
Fri, May 27, 05 at 13:40

I have a plant of this that is a couple of years old. It has gotten big in the wrong way! It sort of spreads out laterally, with lots of foliage but no flowers. It would be a nice, shortish (maybe 10 inches tall) foliage plant, but I had flowers in mind, for cutting. None of the leaves get very big, but there are a lot of them crowded together. No sign of a flower stalk. The plant is at least twice as wide as it is tall. Anybody know if this is normal behavior for this variety, and/or how tall it blooms, if it ever blooms?

Jeanne


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RE: Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

Sorry Jeanne, I've never heard of that one. I planted the Russell mix last year. A red lupin sure would be gorgeous though. Where did you get the seed? By the way, thanks for listing the tulip varieties for me. It's much appreciated.
Cheryl


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RE: Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

You're welcome.
I didn't grow the lupine from seed, but bought two bareroot plants at the Seattle flower and garden show last year. One of them didn't survive the winter. I think it's a specific color of Russell's but I'm not sure. I also think Germania might have the individual flower color seeds, but once again, I'm not sure. I don't remember whether there was a photo on the package, but I've seen photos of it before, somewhere.

Jeanne


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RE: Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

Jeanne,

Ivy Garth seeds sells individual Russell Lupine colors. I've had very good success with their seeds, but the quantity is often more than I need. The Lupines sprout well and seem fairly easy to grow on. I love the flowers because they are so dramatic and they refrigerate well so I can use almost all the production at our once a week market.


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RE: Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

I just found 'My Castle Red Russell' Red lupine in the Fedco Seed Catalog. I was searching to see what it looked like and that's how I got to this forum. Just thought I'd share my seed source!

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/search.php?item=6184&search=My Castle Red Russell


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RE: Does anybody grow red lupine 'My Castle'?

I grew these from seed in 2009, and got flowers this summer. I did not cut any, though. They were too beautiful to sell! Next year I will, though. Lupine are particular with their soil requirements- they like crappy acidic soil, lol! I had an area that was an old driveway gravel that had grown over, right on the edge of my yard by the road. I added half a bucket of compost and they did really well.


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