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#923250 - 09/18/08 07:31 PM Blue Lupine?
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Anyone ever plant it? If so what did you think? I bought my seeds today for my food plots and the guy at the seed store asked if I had ever planted it, he then tells me that several customers are planting it and the deer love it. I bought 5# for $10 so I don't have much invested if they turn their noses up at it.
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#934680 - 09/25/08 07:31 PM Re: Blue Lupine? [Re: TN deer hunter]
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Never heard of it.
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#934798 - 09/25/08 08:15 PM Re: Blue Lupine? [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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Lupine is considered an "ice cream" plant for deer. Not real sure if it has much nutritional value but it is a highly preferred food source. Plus it sure makes for a pretty food plot.

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Deer love blue lupine and its economical too.

The highly palatable foliage of lupine provides a high energy, protein-rich browse for deer, turkey and rabbits.

The plant can reach a height of 3 feet, affords quality habitat for nesting game and non-game birds.

When wildlife finish enjoying the crop, turn under the lupine to enrich the soil with nitrogen and organic matter. If planted in September, deer will begin grazing it in December. Rapid plant growth occurs in late winter.

Flowers in April with it's signature 6" blue purple spikes. Plant lupines around your outbuildings for memorable color splashes.

The large seed size of Blue Lupine allows you to plant it mixed with our Naked Oats- a one pass superb combination for wildlife plots. Most other winter legume seeds are so small that they are often buried. Inoculate your seed so they can make nitrogen themselves. Then plant 50lbs/A if drilled or 75lbs/A if broadcast alone. Plant 40lbs/A if planted with 75-100lbs/A of Naked Oats. Planting time: September through November.


Edited by Stick'n'String (09/25/08 08:18 PM)
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