11 Comments

  1. Diana Cox
    July 5, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I have just lost three beautiful Lupins to snails! I’ve since started setting beer traps at night and have had great success catching snails and slugs in these. Too late for the three Lupins, I’m afraid but I’m hoping to save the remaining ones.
    I had no idea they were so popular with snails.
    Does anyone know of any equally pretty plants that slugs and snails don’t like?

    • Ben
      July 8, 2013 @ 6:25 am

      sadly it seems the slugs like most flower seedlings…but they seem to avoid Cerinthe…also look at trying nematodes.

    • anne storey
      May 21, 2014 @ 11:52 am

      thanks for that info Diana, I love Lupins, and also have a prob with snails who ADORE my Hostas, so I need to be vigalent now as my lovely Lupins are just beginning to sprout .They truly are a problem these snails. So thay like a Jar, do they?

  2. sally
    March 8, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    How do you get sunrise to make a single strong stem for cutting rather than a multi branched plant. I’ve seen the long stems in the florists af few years back but had no success myself. I’m using thompson ad morgan uk seed.

    • Ben
      March 8, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      They generally produce one main stem with a few smaller branching ones…if you pinch it out early it will produce more stems…so let it do its thing is your best bet.

  3. victoria
    January 8, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    How do you keep slugs and snails off your lupins? Snails destroyed mine last year. Tried sheep’s wool pellets, but wondered if you had any tips. Would love to grow these, they are beautiful – have always loved any kind of lupins.

    • Ben
      January 8, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

      I’m afraid I have no real answer to that…but i try to get as many as possible by hand…you’ll be surprised what a difference it makes going out at night with a torch for a few nights. Or get a frog!

  4. Ben
    February 12, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    I had about an 80% germination rate last year (the first time I grew them) and had no issues. I sowed straight into the ground as Sunrise hates root disturbance…did you by chance start yours in pots?
    Benjmin

  5. Gillian
    February 12, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I am very succesful with perennial lupins but have tried twice with ‘sunrise’ and had very poor germination rates and the plants gave up before ever producing a flower. Any idea why?

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