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Columbine Plant Care

Columbine Plant Care

Columbine Plant Care

How can we grow plants in our home beyond the kitchen? These tips will help you make informed decisions about your plants and make them thrive!Columbine (Aquilegia spp.) blooms are said to resemble jester's caps, and their effectiveness at attracting hummingbirds will certainly put bird watchers in a merry mood. This herbaceous perennial is an airy plant with attractive clover-like foliage. The blooms come in many colors, and most have spurs: long, narrow strips streaming horizontally from the back of each flower. This plant is generally planted in early spring. Established plants typically bloom for about four weeks, starting in mid-spring.Debra LaGattuta is a gardening expert with three decades of experience in perennial and flowering plants, container gardening, and raised bed vegetable gardening. She is a Master Gardener and lead gardener in a Plant-A-Row, which is a program that offers thousands of pounds of organically-grown vegetables to local food banks.

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Propagating from collected seeds is the easiest way to grow columbine. After the flower petals have dried up, harvest the ripened seed pods left inside, and break them open to collect the shiny black seeds. Store them in the refrigerator over winter. They need three to four weeks of cold before germinating, which ensures they will be ready to sow when the time comes. Plant them in the garden the following spring. Or you can let your columbines reseed naturally by leaving the flower heads on the plants.Most varieties of columbine plants will bloom for at least four weeks, and are tougher plants than they appear. They tend to be short-lived perennials, but they will spread through self-seeding, remaining in your garden for years. When blooms are finished for the season, cut the plants down to the ground and allow surrounding plants to fill in the space. The columbines will reliably return the following year, or replace themselves with self-seeded volunteers.

When the time comes to move them to your garden, you want to give the columbine a chance to adapt to life outdoors slowly, according to HGTV. On the first day, leave the young plants outside for an hour. Increase the outdoor time to two hours on the second day and so forth. After four days, the columbines will be ready to stay in your garden for good. Whether you are sowing seeds directly in the ground or starting them inside, you'll want to plant them 1 or 2 inches apart.Columbines grow easily from seed and can be planted in the fall or sometime between the start of spring and mid-summer. You can also plant pre-grown plants if you prefer that to seeds. With either option, you’ll want to leave about one to two feet of space between each, as columbine flowers are known to spread. If you start from seed, you can usually expect to see some seedlings sprout within 30 days of planting. (Source: housemethod.com)

 

 

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