Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Start Seed-Grown Columbine Indoors

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Start Seed-Grown Columbine Indoors

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Q * I'd like to know if this is a good time to plant columbine seeds, and if I do plant them will they bloom for me this summer?

A * By all means, plant the seeds by scattering them on the surface of lightly scuffed soil in the area where you'd like for them to grow. But at this late date they are not likely to produce flowering plants for this year. Depending on species, most Columbine (Aquilegia sp.) bloom from April to June in this area.

Seed-grown plants need to be started indoors 4 to 5 months prior to outdoor planting for you to get flowers. Adding to the length of time is the fact that columbine seeds are irregular germinators and benefit from being chilled at 40 degrees for two to three weeks in the refrigerator before sowing. This simulates winter chilling and encourages most of the seeds to sprout uniformly. …

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