Return to the Growing from Seed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

Posted by AMaji none (My Page) on
Mon, May 2, 11 at 22:20

Hi,

I have a few potted Columbine plants that have grown from seeds that wife harvested from last year's flowers. The plants are doing great, large leaves and lush. However, they are not flowering. I am in Zone 9B, and most Columbines that were sold at the stores and nurseries are now almost finishing up because the temperatures are getting a little too hot.

Can you please direct me on how to force these Columbine plants of mine to start flowering?

Thank you for your help.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, May 2, 11 at 23:08

Healthy plants should be your goal, there is no way to rush them. There are many columbine/aquilegia, perennial although somewhat short lived. Most won't bloom their first year from seed, that display will take place next season.


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

Thank you morz for your comments. The intense summer heat of our Zone 9B weakens the Columbines plants to the extent that they died last year. I was surprised because I thought Columbines are perennials. I hope these can survive and delight us with their beautiful flowers next year.


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

I do not grow my Columbines in the full sun. Mine reseed and are beautiful under the canopy of tall trees. Al


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

Maybe its too hot for them where you have them? I dunno, columbines are native plants, I see them all the time when I'm out hiking and their pretty much always in partial sun to shady areas.


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

I am in Zone 9B and they are in my covered patio. The Columbines get some morning sun only. However, it really gets hot out here in the summer, in the 100's.


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

i live in zone 4. i started 12 from seed indoors. only 2 sprouted. they are so tiny that i worry about transplanting them outside & this is my first attempt. is partial sun best & will they make it over the long cold winter?


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

Columbine from seed do not flower the first year.

They definitely prefer shade in the summer. Mine are in a bed under trees. they get spring sun, but when the trees leaf out most are in total shade. There are a few threads in Cottage Gardens that are focused on Columbine.

I started growing them from seed a few years ago, planted out at least 20 tiny little seedlings the first year that didnt do much, but all came back gangbusters the following year, and flowered like crazy. Mine get some insect damage and the foliage gets ratty looking as they finish flowering at the end of June. I cut them back to the ground and they re-grow through the summer.

They are short lived plants, often only 2-3 years, so I am now growing a few from seed every year to keep the cycle going. They self-seed for many people, but dont seem to do that very often for me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Columbine thread


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

"Columbine from seed do not flower the first year" I have been unable to find confirmation of that statement. Having grown Aquilegea for many years I would think I would have noticed that. Please supply a reference for confirmation. Al


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Wed, May 11, 11 at 13:29

Al, there are dozens of species of aquilegia, we don't know which you are growing. I've taken out all but a. longissima and a. laramiensis, hoping to eliminate some of the cross pollination that seems to result in seedlings of the same blue/purple - but may be a lost cause with neighbors growing those :) Neither of the two will bloom first year.

If you search 'aquilegia bloom first year' you'll come up with several supporting articles. You'll find mention of some of the newer introductions that do bloom first year, but most of the varieties do not....or at least do not in my climate.

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's one:


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

Thank you morz8 for the link. An area of my garden has been growing Columbine continuously for over 10 years with no help from me. I enjoyed reading the link and have seedlings now about a foot high in another garden, and will be disappointed if they do not flower this year. Al


 o
RE: Need help with Columbine plants grown from seeds

I shouldn't have stated that so definitively - sorry.

None of the columbine that I have grown from seed flowered until the 2nd year, and from what I have read, that is the usual. If you are getting blooms the first year, more power to ya!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Growing from Seed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here