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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 21, 2018 5:56 PM CST
I planted columbine last year grown from seed. They didn't bloom but I realize now that isn't unusual. This year I'm hoping that they bloom. I was doing some clean-up in the garden today and saw this:


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Are these flower stalks or just new leaves coming up?
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 21, 2018 6:23 PM CST
They look like flowers. Hurray!
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 21, 2018 6:54 PM CST
Yeah! I can't wait to see what they look like! I have 3 plants from some swap seeds that just said they were pastel colors. Thanks Daisy!
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 21, 2018 7:01 PM CST
Columbines hybridize freely so it will be interesting to see what you have. Post a photo here when they bloom.

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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 21, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Definitely!
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 26, 2018 8:47 AM CST
The columbines all have obvious buds now! They all look pink to me so I'm assuming that's the color the flowers will be. Either that or red. I'm really excited to see them bloom!
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 4, 2018 7:23 AM CST
After last night's rain one plant looks like it is finally starting to bloom! I'll have to take pictures this weekend and post them. I'm so excited! I had no idea they would have so many blooms! They seem to just keep throwing up more bloom stalks every day! I'm definitely planting more!
Name: Daisy I
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May 4, 2018 10:15 AM CST
You won't have to plant more. Smiling
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 4, 2018 10:23 AM CST
Oh I will! The bed they are in is heavily mulched so no reseeders.☹️ Plus I have lots of seeds from swaps! I've heard they don't live for more than 3-4 years and it took them 2 years to bloom. Better start some now so I'm never without!
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 12:17 AM CST
They will reseed in the mulch.
Name: Elena
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May 6, 2018 4:42 AM CST
Not at the rate they are going! The flowers started to open up but then stopped! I'm not sure what is going on. We had very hot temperatures last week (upper 80s & 90s) but yesterday was in the 70s.

Is there some reason the flowers aren't fully opening? They appear to be single flowers. The soil is moist. Should I add some fertilizer?
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 7:18 AM CST
Are you able to post a photo? Hard to tell without one.
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 6, 2018 11:26 AM CST
The ones in the backyard still aren't open but the one in the front finally opened two blooms!



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I guess I'll just have to be patient with the ones in the backyard.
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 1:37 PM CST
They look gorgeous! Congratulations. Hurray!
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quercusnut
May 6, 2018 1:42 PM CST
Oh. And, no. I wouldn't fertilize them. I've never had to fertilize mine.
But they usually always get leafminers. If yours get them you can opt to dress them with some systemic insecticide if you don't like the damage. I've never lost plants to leafminers but the leaves look awful.
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 6, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Yes, I get leafminers but I'm not going to treat the plants for them. By the time they hit the plants aren't blooming and people won't notice the foliage with the other plants blooming nearby.

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