Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 906, Replies: 29 » Jump to the end
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 5, 2017 12:03 PM CST
I adore these flowers, I love all flowers but Columbines are one of my favorites. At my old house they went off like a rocket and grew huge with tons of flowers, wish I had made it back to my old house (I rent it to a friend) and got some of those seeds. Anyway at my now house I have several planted in different areas and last year they just disappointed me, some never bloomed, the ones that did faded fast. At a store last week I bought a pack of 4 hybrid Columbine bulbs because I love Columbines and because I never knew they came in a bulb form, I had always planted seeds, or a plant, or harvested seeds.
The ones I have from seeds and bought plants that did not do well some are in full sun by the foundation of the house and others are in a flower garden that gets only morning sun. Now my question to all of you. I have read mixed reviews on sun and shade. The raised brick cement square I am attaching a picture of is where I am thinking of planting my new bulbs and it is full sun. Any opinions? Thank you.
Thumb of 2017-03-05/freedombel/90de0c

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Texas (Zone 8a)
Image
tx_flower_child
Mar 5, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Bulbs, you say? I'm going to watch this because I thought Columbines only grew from transplants, I mean seeds.

They're definitely among my favorite flowers, having first seen them when I lived in Colorado. We have Texas natives (Columbines not people) that I grow where they get morning sun. Since you're in Omaha yours might require something different. And in thinking about the Columbines in Colorado, many grew in sun at high altitudes and many also grew more down to earth (no pun) in forested areas.

Hope someone answers this Columbine conundrum.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier
Image
crawgarden
Mar 5, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Wow, never heard of bulbs and columbines, I know they grow from seeds and roots. Columbines are fantastic. They love full sun.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
Frogs and Toads Birds Roses Region: United States of America Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Garden Art Echinacea
Image
daylilydreams
Mar 5, 2017 5:45 PM CST
I have pulled up columbines over the years when there were to many plants after letting them bloom they never had bulbs just roots. I think you must have some other kind of bulbs or perhaps they were mislabeled.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 5, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Here is what I got:

Thumb of 2017-03-06/freedombel/ebf719

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier
Image
crawgarden
Mar 5, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Linda, were there bulbs when they came out of the package? Or maybe plant plugs, I wonder if the label is a generic for the company.
Keep Calm and Carry On
[Last edited by crawgarden - Mar 5, 2017 7:47 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1383586 (6)
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 5, 2017 8:09 PM CST
crawgarden said:Linda, were there bulbs when they came out of the package? Or maybe plant plugs, I wonder if the label is a generic for the company.


They are bulbs and the box says excellent naturalizers.
Here is something else I found, but not where I bought them from:
http://www.americanmeadows.com...
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Texas (Zone 8a)
Image
tx_flower_child
Mar 5, 2017 9:32 PM CST
This is very strange but oddly fascinating. But I give up. Just plant them and if they don't grow the company says 'Satisfaction guaranteed for a year - but you still have to pay shipping charges'.
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 5, 2017 11:05 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:This is very strange but oddly fascinating. But I give up. Just plant them and if they don't grow the company says 'Satisfaction guaranteed for a year - but you still have to pay shipping charges'.


Yes, I thought it was fascinating as well because I consider my self somewhat in the know as far as flower gardening but that I never ever heard of Columbine bulbs, so I will plant them this spring and keep you all informed on the outcome! Confused
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Mar 6, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Columbine grow fat roots that can be transplanted. I guess you could call them bulbs for lack of a better term. I have purchased roots in packages and they do fine. I would rather find a potted plant in bloom to know what I am getting.

Seed grown plants won't bloom the first year and might take a couple years before you see their full potential.

Sun vs Shade will depend upon where you live. Here in the desert, my columbine have slowly moved themselves to the shade as they do better than their counterparts in the sun.

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
stone
Mar 6, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Down here in the south east... Columbines seem to prefer part sun...
Find a bed with morning sun... Perfect.

Up in Nebraska?
Nothing like experimenting...

Really going to depend on how long it stays hot, and just how intense your summer sun is.

My columbines have fat roots too.... But I wouldn't call them bulbs...
Wish you had taken a pic.

Edit:
Down here, I get blooms the first year.... IF...
I plant the seeds as soon as they mature... So... 11 months or so of growth... Counts as the first year, yes?
[Last edited by stone - Mar 6, 2017 4:48 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1384093 (11)
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 6, 2017 5:40 PM CST
Not planted as of yet, upon further inspection looking through the package (do not want to tear open until ready to plant) it does look like roots, and I kind of fingered the package and it does not feel like actual bulbs, so guess it must be roots, but would the pack still say they naturalize easily?....maybe because they drop seeds?
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Mar 6, 2017 7:24 PM CST
The roots do grow multiple crowns but mostly they reseed freely. And some of them cross pollinate. I brought double columbine seeds home from a vacation to England in 1992 (long before we had seen such a thing here). In a couple years, I had doubles of every color (I think those originals were light blue).

I hope you are storing that package in a nice cool spot - like your refrig crisper drawer.
Name: Charles Walker
Victoria, BC
Image
charleswalker4
Mar 7, 2017 3:15 AM CST
These are really looks very nice. Columbines is my favorite flowers.

Good work !
Thumbs up
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Image
stone
Mar 7, 2017 8:45 AM CST
freedombel said:would the pack still say they naturalize easily?....maybe because they drop seeds?

Too dry here for them to naturalize easily... I get new plants by preparing nice deep beds for the seeds.... I collect seed and plant like carrots.
Back in my clay garden, I was able to increase the stock easily... Its a lot drier here in the Sandhills, and even with supplemental watering, many new seedbeds fail.
Prolly a lot easier in Nebraska....
They are wildflowers.... And... There's some gorgeous blues that grow naturally in Colorado.... Yellows that grow naturally in Texas, reds that grow naturally in the eastern states....
But... Yeah, promiscuous... Plant multiple varieties, they all cross like mad.

Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Image
woofie
Mar 7, 2017 12:32 PM CST
In my area I've had them grow happily in both full sun and part shade. But we only get about a month of really hot weather usually. And for them to naturalize, they want a period of nasty cold weather. I get lots of volunteers here. Rolling my eyes.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Mar 7, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Seed must have blown to this spot. What a giant it was!
Thumb of 2017-03-07/pirl/3daf44

This garden only gets very early morning sun.

Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
freedombel
Mar 8, 2017 3:44 PM CST
This is my old house that I rent out and the Columbines got huge, full sun and rocks, lots of rocks.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/freedombel/1682a0

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Texas (Zone 8a)
Image
tx_flower_child
Mar 9, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Do you live near - as in same town - your rent house? If so, I'm sure that y'all have a good relationship with your tenants. (Can you guess where this is going?)
Not that I would ever suggest a little bit of 'midnight gardening' or 'liberating plants', but maybe y'all could scoop up a few of those beautiful columbines growing at your rental property. Talk to the tenants and let them know you'd like to do a wee bit of 'weeding'. And if they're nice, I bet you could work something out. After all, you're not looking to scalp the place. Right? Having, of course, been a perfectly delightful and reasonable tenant for most of my life, I would have gladly let any of my perfectly delightful and reasonable landlords thin out a few plants, especially knowing that thinning would allow for fresh growth.
So anyway, just throwing out some food for thought.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Image
Yardenman
Mar 14, 2017 5:03 AM CST
The columbines want rich moist but drained soil and half shade. I have them in my flowerbeds, but the best ones grow on their own in the wooded backyard.

They don't want as much shade as hostas, but where you CAN grow hostas in the sunnier conditions, they should do well there. Does that make sense?

I mean that Columbines seem happiest where hostas CAN grow but would like a bit more shade. And in the same soil and moisture conditions.

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« All Things Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Iris Dazzling"