Growing Lupins from Seed Guide How To Guide & Tips?

A simple and honest way to plant lupin seeds from a brought packet or saved seed from the previous year.

How to grow lupin seeds from scratch – Growing lupins from seed

Many people will say scratching the surface of the seeds or dampen them overnight before planting will gain better results although in my case Ive not found this any better than keeping the soil moist until the young lupin seedlings appear.

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Checklist of things you will require for growing your own lupins

  1. Seed container or tray
  2. Cutting seed compost suitable for young lupin seeds (fine muli purpose is often good)
  3. plant labels and a marker
  4. Lupin seeds either collected from the year before or a new packet


Depending if you have more than one colour / variety to plant. Simply fill out a seed tray with fine cutting compost [ see photo ] and place one round lupin seed every 3 – 5 cm space.

Doing this will allow you to get a high yield of plants per lupin seed tray and allow for any bad seedlings to be taken out. In turn this will leave the good healthy strong ones ready to continue to grow.

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Q. What depth do I need to plant my lupin seeds?
A. Ideally 8mm deep is good, then cover with a light covering of sieved seed and cutting compost. Firm the compost down lightly so the seed is in contact with the soil and water them well.

lupin plants growing from seed


Now their an inch tall

Once your lupin plants are starting to show their first true leaves “these look like star shapes” then the new lupin plants are ready to pot on. Here are two photo examples of 1 inch wide pots used for potting on, this allows the roots to touch the sides of the pot and keep the plant more stable as it grows, not only that, its easier to keep an eye on the soil to stop it from drying out or becoming too wet which could damage your new plants.


Once they are approx 2 inches tall and have 2 true leaves they can be placed in their final position within the garden. Ideally from March time in the united kingdom as I have found they flower really well (Early June) each year.

A regular feed with a 7-7-7 feed really helps them bloom.


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