The Q&A Archives: When Will Columbines Flower When Started From Seed?

Question: I am new to planting perennials, so I do not know much about columbines. I wanted to plant some Mckanna hybrids from seed into my new (now empty) bed along with some bulbs and other perennials. But I read somewhere that columbine flowers will not appear until the second season. Is this true? Tell me now so I will know if i can expect empty spaces in my border.

Answer: Columbines usually bloom in their second year from seed. For example, if you started them in spring of 1990 you would expect flowers in the summer of 1991. If you started them in the summer or late summer of 1990, you should also get flowers in the summer of 1991 but the plants will be smaller. Be careful when planting around the baby perennials so as not to crowd them -- they need room to grow big and strong so they can build strength to bloom their best.

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