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Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

Posted by ladyrose65 6bNJ (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 10, 13 at 16:39

My Columbine is seeding the pods are turning brown. If I cut the stalk back, will it grow another stalk or will it die off? My first dealing with Aquilegia.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

In my experience, when the plant goes to seed, that's the end of the flowering for the year. Enjoy it while it's there. Collect the seed and spread it around right away, for new plants that will bloom next year.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

Cutting the stalk down ends the show.

If you keep them deadheaded by pinching off the individual flower/seed pods, they will bloom forever. At least they do until I get bored with the whole thing and stop deadheading.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

Columbine reseeds quite heavily. I cut the stalks green and don't let them reseed too much.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

Thank You all for the advice.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

  • Posted by pippi21 Z7 Silver Spring, Md (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 22, 13 at 21:29

Columbines are such easy plants to grow. I cut some dried seed pods off several plants this morning, held it over a plastic bowl and beat the stem on the side of the bowl and gobs of columbine seeds fell out. Put them in a paper envelope or plastic zip for next year. You can always throw the seeds back in the flowerbed and more will grow in the Fall ir not before.


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

Interesting MG - I never knew they would continue to bloom if you pinched the dead blooms. Seems like a LOT of work to do, but good to know nonetheless. Maybe next year I will do that with some of my favorites.

Dee


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RE: Columbine ? I cut the stalk will it grow back

I also deadhead some of my columbine for continued bloom. Follow the blossom stem down until you see an itty bitty bud or two which is where the new blossom comes. Some blossom stems will not have any buds further down. I noticed tonight those are usually the center blossom stem of a group of three or more closely placed blossoms. Once you know where the new blooms form it is very quick to snip, snip off the dead ones.


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