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Do lupins need full sun?

If you are planning on growing lupins in your garden then you may already be picking out a spot for them. One question you will have though is do lupins need full sun? well, let’s have a look and inf out exactly how much sun lupins need.

Purple Lupins
Purple Lupins

Do lupins need full sun?

No, lupins are relatively shade tolerant. They love full sun but can also be grown in dappled or partial shade.

When it comes to light lupins thrive in full sunlight, they will grow just as well in dappled shade also. If you start to move away from dappled shade into the darker areas of your garden then lupins will not be so happy.

Lupins in bloom
Lupins in bloom

They may still grow and flower in shadier spots but the plants will never reach the same size or produce the same amount of flowers as lupins that are grown in full sun. Find out more in my article, do lupins like sun or shade.

More on Lupins

Lupins are a beautiful flower that you will find in many British gardens. Lupins are a staple of British cottage gardens, famed for both their height and colour. Originally hailing from the Mediterranean they are a perennial that will greet you with a gorgeous display year after year.

They produce a large flowering spike that is full of colour and each plant can have lots of these spikes leading to a fabulous display. They will begin to flower around may and can last well into June. The flowers do go to seed quite quickly but your lupin will continue to produce more and more new spikes.

To get the best out of these spikes though it is essential to deadhead the old spikes to give the new ones a chance to flourish. Also cutting your lupins back in autumn can help them the following spring. The seeds are edible but if not treated properly first they can be poisonous to animals and humans. Greenfly can be a common problem for lupins here in the UK.

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