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Re: Help!

Message from Nicola

In forum: Identify a plant

And another reply

"Light pink are paeonies, the red are lilies (not day lilies though), and purple are lupins x"

  • Posted: Sun. 5th April 2020 14:31

Re: Help!

Message from Nicola

In forum: Identify a plant

Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, has stepped in to help you out! How amazing is that. She says "Peonies, lilies, lupins" Hope that helps?

More agreement from others too:
"The light pink are peonies. The red are day lilies. No idea on the ones on the right... Oh, wait. The ones on the right look like lupine. I can’t grow them here in the South so not familiar."

  • Posted: Sun. 5th April 2020 13:16

Can anyone identify this plant ?

Comment from Mr Michael John Etheridge

In forum: Identify a plant

This plant appeared in an outdoor flower pot over a month ago in January/ February. Next to it is a Pansy. It has bulbous flower buds that hang similar to a Poppy and leaves not unlike a Lupin.

  • Posted: Sun. 1st March 2020 11:58

Lots of these growing wild in my garden

Question from David Carter

In forum: Identify a plant

Can't identify them from books or charts. Purple. Look a bit delphinium like, but long thin leaves. Purple flowers. Heads of about 30 flowers - a bit like miniature lupins. Overall 2-3 ft tall.

  • Posted: Sun. 24th June 2018 22:02

Re: What is this plant

Message from jane

In forum: Identify a plant

It’s a tree lupin. It will have either yellow or blue flowers. It smells divine but it’s habit is lax and floppy. Remember a weed is only a plant 8n the wrong place. Mine was ok for a while then it became a weed so it had to come out

  • Posted: Tue. 17th October 2017 08:20

Re: What is this plant

Message from John Bates

In forum: Identify a plant

Agree with Elaine - Tree Lupin's are vigorous plants so will keep you busy keeping them in check

  • Posted: Thu. 5th October 2017 20:18

Re: What is this plant

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

the leaf looks like a lupine, wait and see what the flower looks like, it could be a shrubby type of lupine.

  • Posted: Wed. 4th October 2017 13:55


Message from Rosemary Clarke

In forum: Pests, diseases and invasive biosecurity risks

We have not noticed any green slugs but most slugs hate garlic. Use 1 clove of garlic in 1/2 litre of water or water and oil mixed,bring, to the boil and leave for a few days . Water or spray it on and around Hostas and any other plants known to be favourite fodder for slugs and snails. It is a bit time consuming, as it really needs to be done after it rains, but worth it. starting this year I have big leaved hostas as well as lupins and foxgloves. MAGIC! Good luck.

  • Posted: Tue. 5th July 2016 06:13

Sad lupins!

Question from Pond girl

In forum: Lupinus 'Towering Inferno'

I ordered 5 of these with a nursery that sells online. They were delivered, with a few small green leaves on, in January. It was fairly mild in January but in February it got very cold and 3 of them lost their leaves and didn't recover in the spring when two did. They were all in a similar spot, same soil and slug/snail protected. Was it the cold snap? Should they have been delivered in January in the first place? Thanks to anyone who can help!

  • Posted: Thu. 26th May 2016 20:51

Re: tree lupin

Message from heighley

In forum: Lupinus arboreus

I have a tree lupin and have pruned it to shape regularly in spring. It has always recovered well and I live in a cold but sheltered part of mid wales where we get hard frost and lots of snow. hope this helps

  • Posted: Thu. 11th June 2015 15:01

Re: tree lupin

Message from Kevin Pfeiffer

In forum: Lupinus arboreus

Hello Kathy,

It sounds like you know something about these. After reading Dave Goulson's book about bumblebees I decided that my rooftop garden had to have one of these. How do you think it will do in a container? I've put it (came in a small 9cm sq. pot) in a 20cm round plastic pot and set it for now in a sunny south-facing location that gets rather a bit of breeze (thinking "coastline" here).

What do you think?


  • Posted: Thu. 12th June 2014 14:38


Comment from Louise Harrison

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi everyone, I am very new to gardening and I am hoping you can help me. I found this in amongst my lupins and I before I destroy it, I would like to know what it is, and if it is a friend or foe.

thanks in advance and happy gardening

  • Posted: Sat. 15th March 2014 14:55

Re: tree lupin

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Lupinus arboreus

Hi, Charles,
It sounds like your last tree lupin behaved as expected - they are very fast growers but are short-lived. Generally, they require little or no pruning and can be expected to reach 1.5m tall and wide. However, if you want to keep it a bit more compact, you can cut it back by half in early spring. That pruning recommendation is typically given to those who grow it in its native California where winters might be milder than where you live. if you live in a colder area, it might not respond as well to pruning.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 29th October 2013 19:17

tree lupin

Question from charles hodson

In forum: Lupinus arboreus

I had a tree lupin which grew rapidly and took over the whole flowerbed

I have pulled it up and planted a new one which is very small at the moment
With regard to looking after it I appreciate it should be deadheaded as required but how do i PRUNE IT TO KEEP IT REASONABLY SMALL AND NOT HAVE A REPEAT OF LAST TIME



  • Posted: Mon. 28th October 2013 14:30

Re: Re: lupins

Message from Maria Forte

In forum: Lupinus 'Gallery Blue Shades'

Thanks Angie - I didn't, but I have always cut back the flowering spikes after they are done, and have left the remaining foliage. I have had a second flush (a few!) since then - but i'll try a more general cut back next year. Good advice - thank you!

  • Posted: Thu. 29th August 2013 21:59

Re: lupins

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Lupinus 'Gallery Blue Shades'

Lupins are very susceptible to aphids. Treatment is a mater of what you prefer to use.
Cutting back to the base will encourage new foliage - this too will not come without the danger of a new attack or worse still - slugs and snails. They are also very fond of new Lupin foliage.
At this time of the year Lupins are not always looking their best anyway. Did you cut back after initial flowering, always worthwhile doing as it encourages a second flush of flowers.

  • Posted: Thu. 29th August 2013 20:53


Comment from Maria Forte

In forum: Lupinus 'Gallery Blue Shades'

Can anyone tell me, my lupin has attracted aphids which I am trying to control. should I cut the plant down now to any base leaves. it's looking very scraggy!

  • Posted: Wed. 28th August 2013 10:26

Re: Aster consumption

Message from Ruth K

In forum: Aster novi-belgii 'Samoa' (Island Series)

The first year I planted an aster it was gobbled up by slugs, along with the lupins. Admittedly, it was a very wet summer, but I was so disappointed! I thought they were done for, but the aster came up again this spring and doesn't seem to have reappeared on the slugs' menu. I planted another aster and 3 lupins again this year - in large pots, with slug pellets, and they too have done really well. I'm considering transplanting them into the garden next year. I'm inclined to think starting them off in pots with plenty of slug pellets is the way to go.

  • Posted: Sun. 25th August 2013 14:04

Re: Re: Re: failed lupins

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Pests, diseases and invasive biosecurity risks

Treatment for slugs/snails all depends on the individual really. There is a lot of products out there available - slug pellets are not the only option.
Best to do some research yourself. There is no 'guarantee' on what works for some will work for others.
Copper, sheeps wool product specifically for slug control, fine grit, crushed egg shells, beer traps and many more are said to work. Going out with a torch after dark and picking the slugs/sails from the plants is another option.
This is the first year ever I've refrained from using any form of slug control as the only thing I've found to be the most effective are the blue slug pellets. Again, its all a matter of choice.
I have 3 cats and 1 dog that regularly use the garden and thus far have never had an issue with the pellets but have read reports to the contrary. As for children - I have no young children using the garden now but always found it best to educate them what they can and can't touch in the garden.
There are many potentially harmful things in the garden for both children and pets. You'd probably be quite surprised if you did a bit of research.

  • Posted: Fri. 28th June 2013 17:07

Re: Re: failed lupins

Message from Wayne Boyes

In forum: Pests, diseases and invasive biosecurity risks

Thanks angie, there was a few snail/slug trails left, so that's probably the answer, albeit the lupins are all thats been destroyed, there are 3 roses and a rhodadendrum that haven't been touched. What's the best cure for slugs/snails, as I have a dog and a grandchild that play in the garden, are pellets
Harmful to humans or animals?
Thanks again. :)

  • Posted: Fri. 28th June 2013 10:23