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Columbine Seedlings

Posted by ramiri 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 2, 11 at 11:03

I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with 2nd generation seeds. I guess that's what they would be called, I'm not really sure. I've been refering to them as my Grand-flowers. :)
I collected seeds from Columbine I already had in my garden and I sowed them a few weeks ago and they are already sprouting pretty good.
Anyway, I just wonder if they'll flower well next spring. I am also curious if they'll end up a different color, or better yet, White.
I have Texas Gold and Blazing Star Columbine.
I was also curious to find out if it would be a good idea to plant them in the ground this year before it gets cold, or to keep them in pots and indoors until the spring.
Thanks for any advice!

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RE: Columbine Seedlings

I'm certainly no expert but I also summer sowed columbine seeds and got good germination. The sprouts are still too small to handle but I'm hoping they'll grow big enough to plant in the ground before frost. If you plant them this fall, they'll go dormant over winter and should bloom next year. The seeds I winter sowed in January 2010 only grew foliage last year and bloomed this year.

I got the seeds in a trade so it was anybody's guess what they would look like. This year I traded for a white variety & hope they come true from seed. Swallowtail Garden Seeds sells a large number of columbine varieties which would suggest they do come true from seed.

Keeping them in a pot indoors is not recommended--they're alpine plants and need to go dormant during cold weather.

RE: Columbine Seedlings

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 3, 11 at 19:03

I think you should put them in the ground too - wait until the weather has moderated just a little if its been warm, dry there. The roots will continue to grow and establish as long as the ground isn't frozen, in this zone that is most/all of winter.

I don't see any white in the background of either of your plants that would make it reasonable to hope for white flowered seedlings.

RE: Columbine Seedlings

Thanks for the input!
Gardenweed...those are gorgeous!!!

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