Plant Care Big-Leaved Lupine

Big-Leaved Lupine

About Big-Leaved Lupine

Big-Leaved Lupine is a popular houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Big-Leaved Lupine likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Big-Leaved Lupine belongs to the Lupinus genus, and is native to Western North America.


Lupinus polyphyllus

Also known as

Large-leaved lupine, Many-leaved lupine, Blue-pod lupine and Garden lupin

How to care for Big-Leaved Lupine

💦 Water

How often to water your Big-Leaved Lupine

Water needs for Big-Leaved Lupine
0.5 cups
every 9

Big-Leaved Lupine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Big-Leaved Lupine

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Big-Leaved Lupine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Big-Leaved Lupine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Big-Leaved Lupine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Big-Leaved Lupine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Big-Leaved Lupine in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Big-Leaved Lupine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Big-Leaved Lupine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Big-Leaved Lupine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Big-Leaved Lupine prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Big-Leaved Lupine Water Frequency →

Big-Leaved Lupine Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Big-Leaved Lupine requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Big-Leaved Lupine Light Requirements →

Big-Leaved Lupine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Big-Leaved Lupine does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Big-Leaved Lupine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Big-Leaved Lupine →

💩 Fertilizer

Big-Leaved Lupine should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Big-Leaved Lupine grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Big-Leaved Lupine →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Big-Leaved Lupine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Big-Leaved Lupine Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Big-Leaved Lupine

Big-Leaved Lupine

Big-Leaved Lupine

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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