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Jul 20, 2016 5:13 PM CST
I bought some Columbine seeds to start now in a large pot (I garden in pots on my deck) I know they don't bloom the first year. Did not know they needed to be chilled or how long they might take to germinate. Question is can I just sow them now for next spring and let nature take its course or will they eventually germinate too soon outside despite the heat?
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 20, 2016 7:26 PM CST
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Where do you live? It will be easier to answer your question if we know that.
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4a)
God made dirt! Dirt don't hurt!
Jul 22, 2016 9:45 AM CST
Columbine seeds need a minimum of 3 weeks in the cold. I planted my seeds in a few pots then stuck them in the refrigerator. Other times I just put the packet in the refrigerator for 3 weeks before planting out in their permanent spot. It can take up to a month before they sprout so don't give up watering them. If they don't germinate this year there is still a good chance they will in the spring after getting their required coldness over the winter.

It would be nice to know where you are located. I think you have to go back to your profile to add that.

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