Lupinus hartwegii nanus
Pixie Delight Lupine will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden including bumblebees, honeybees & butterflies as well. Pixie Delight Lupine will produce pale colored blooms in colors of, including blue, pink, white & violet. Their attractive green foliage will reach a mature height of only 12 to 18 inches tall. Considered an annual in most zones under zone 7. This Pixie Delight Lupine will fit into a garden where other lupines will not work.
Seed Treatment: Scarification will help germination. Put seeds in the freezer overnight and then douse with boiling water to crack seedcoats. Soaking seeds overnight is also effective. Drain water.
|How To Grow Lupines from Seeds|
Growing lupines is as simple as planting seeds or cuttings into a sunny area with well-drained soil. If planting lupine from seed, scratch the seed surface or soal the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to allow the seed coat to be easily penetrated. Seeds of the lupine plant may also be chilled for a week in the refrigerator prior to planting.
This may also be accomplished by planting lupine seeds in the fall and letting Mother Nature do the chilling through the winter. Direct sowing of lupine seeds in autumn is perhaps the easiest method. Lupines produces seed which will re-produce more flowers the following year if not removed from the growing lupine.
Sow 4-8 weeks before planting out. Sow 2-3 seeds directly into cell packs.
Cover seed, as darkness aids in germination. Thin to one plant per cell or container when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside. Keep growing container at 65-75°F, with germination taking 7-21 days,
Roots of lupines are fragile and once restricted will produce inferior plants and flowers. When plants are ready to transplant, do not delay planting. Established plants do not transplant well, so it is best to plant where they will be left undisturbed. OR
Direct seed: Sow seeds in early spring, as soon as soil can be worked. Sow 1/4" deep. Thin when true leaves appear.