The Q&A Archives: Columbine

Question: I have tried growing Columbine for the past several years with little success. I have tried planting it under pine trees and also in full sun. Could you please tell me how to successfully plant Columbine in Middle Tennessee?

Answer: Columbines are perennial plants that like full sunshine or filtered shade. They have lacy foliage and beautiful pastel colored flowers that can reach 3 inches across. Columbine need well-prepared soil, so add some organic matter and dig it into your garden bed before planting. Organic matter such as compost, leaf mold, or peat moss will help retain moisture and supply nutrients to the plant roots. Sprinkle seed, or put transplants into the soil in the early spring for summer bloom. Be sure to keep the area well-watered until the plants are established, then supply water once or twice during the week. Cut the flowering stems down when the flowers fade, and the plant will bloom again. You can save seeds to sow, or let the seeds mature on the second flush of bloom and the seeds will scatter themselves in the garden. Better luck with your Columbines this year!

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