Aquilegia mix (Columbines) [75 Seeds]


Germination Information: For the easy approach, sprinkle these seeds over bare (un-mulched) ground in a bed or border. I like to do this in late summer to late winter so rain and snow can settle the seeds onto the soil surface, and they can germinate whenever they are ready. Sowing in spring to midsummer can work too, though some of the seeds may not sprout until fall or the following year. Keep in mind that this sort of sowing is somewhat imprecise—some seeds may end up in less-than-ideal spots or get washed away—but there are plenty to play with in this packet. Even if you get only a few plants, you’ll then get lots of seeds from those to scatter around, and you could have all of the columbines you want in just a few years!

If you wish to have more control over your columbines, you could start these seeds in pots—surface-sow (do not cover them)—in late fall to late winter. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural 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.

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Columbines are such a joy in late spring to early summer, with their intricate, colorful flowers and old-fashioned, cottage-garden charm. I started out with named strains, but columbines are notorious for crossing, so I now have a variety of colors and flower forms in my borders and love them all. My favorite thing about these hybrid columbines is that you can scatter the seeds pretty much anywhere you have an empty space to get a colorful, easy-care filler. This mix is likely mostly pinks (many of my original plants came from a seed gift labeled “Pinks from Monet’s Garden”), but I also have blues and purples, so there will likely be some of those too, in both single and double forms. (The photos here show some of the plants I collected these from.) It’s also possible that some seedlings might have variegated foliage. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in mid to late June 2023. At least 75 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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