The Q&A Archives: Columbine Seeds

Question: I have saved some seed from the Nora Barlow Mix Columbine. Should they be sowed now or wait until spring?

Answer: You'll have better success if you store the seeds until spring in an airtight container, in a cool, dark place, and then sow them directly outdoors. Columbine (Aquilegia) seedlings are very delicate and sometimes difficult to transplant. Sowing directly in a prepared bed after the soil warms in the spring will provide the best results. If you have other columbine species in your garden, they may have cross-pollinated and you may end up with a totally different hybrid than you expect. Might be fun to watch and see what your seeds produce!

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