Columbine Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Scottsville, KY
Question by jlcgull
August 6, 2002
I have saved some seed from the Nora Barlow Mix Columbine. Should they be sowed now or wait until spring?

Answer from NGA
August 6, 2002


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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