Aquilegia ex ‘Black Barlow’ (Columbine) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience.

One approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in a pot in fall to late winter. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them indoors under lights in spring, or outdoors in summer. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within a month or so, then try the artificial chilling period before moving them back to a bright place.

Another tip: I like to pot up columbine seedlings in groups of three (spaced as far apart as possible within a 4- to 6-inch pot), then plant them out still in the groups. That way, if there are one or two off-type seedlings in a group when they first flower, you have the option of carefully cutting off the unwanted plant(s) at the very base, below the crown. (To be honest, I rarely see a columbine I don’t want, but I present this as a possible solution if you have your heart set on a particular color.) If all the seedlings in a group are pleasing to you, then you can leave them in place and get a nice clump quickly.

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‘Black Barlow’ columbine (Aquilegia) typically produces very double flowers with deep burgundy to near-black petals atop branching, 2- to 3-foot-tall stems in late spring to early summer. Please be aware that off-type seedlings are possible, because columbines cross readily. These plants are at least 50 feet away from other columbines in my garden, but there’s always a chance the bees could produce a surprise, so I can’t guarantee that every seedling will look like the pictures I have here; that’s why I have designated them as “ex,” meaning collected from, ‘Black Barlow’. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in mid to late June 2022. At least 15 seeds.

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