Wilted Columbine Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, CO
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Question by Ggeckert
May 28, 1999
The flowers on my Columbine wilted before they bloomed. Otherwise the plants look healthy. Are the plants diseased, overwatered, underwatered?

Answer from NGA
May 28, 1999
Most columbine prefer fairly fertile, moisture retentive
soil in light shade. If soil is too wet, roots can rot. But if soil is too dry, plants can wilt. How old are the plants? Columbines bloom well for a few years and then should be replaced by new plants. They are subject to leafminers, aphids and spidermites, all of which are best controlled by growing a diverse garden community of plants which encourages natural pest predators. Did you examine the underside of leaves, the buds, etc. to see if there was an insect? If this information doesn't seem to apply to your columbines, please send another question to the database with more specifics on the plant, it's growing situation, how you care for it, etc. Thanks for writing!

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