The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

London, United Kingdom Gb

When the Lupin flower has finished, should I cut off the seed head to get it to flower again?



Hi Charlie yes cut the flowering stem out completely and the lupin should flower again. Will die back completely to the ground in late autumn and then grow again in spring.

12 Jun, 2010


Thanks Moon grower, that's really helpful
- while we're on the subject, what about Oriental Poppies? I'm leaving the seed heads un-cut as I think it's almost at the end of its flowering, only a couple more un-opened buds. Instinct tells me not to cut the seed heads off, but my instinct could be way off!
Thanks again

12 Jun, 2010


Oriental poppies are on of the few perennials that don't set more flowers if you deadhead them. I'd leave the seed heads on as they look spectacular for months, when they start to look dry and like a pepper pot carefully remove the seed head, keeping it upright, and place in a paper bag. Leave to dry off completely and shake out the seed into the bag... you can then grow more poppies from seed next spring. Alternatively let the poppies seed themselves but you then have to make sure you don't weed them out!

12 Jun, 2010


Thanks Moon grower, I'm impressed by your knowledge and expertise. I also have annual poppies from scattered seeds saved from previous years, so it's the same process, except the Orientals are perennial...?
Thank you for all your help

14 Jun, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?