Ginny McLean_Petite_GardenJanuary 22, 2009

Hi Everybody,

Another question to my fellow gardeners. Does anyone know where to go for a good selection of Columbine plants or roots (in Canada)? Or, any secrets on starting different varieties from seed? I have attempted them a few times without much success. One thing I have learned is that they seem to like to be very cold or frozen for a bit before they will germinate. Am I correct in this observation? Anyone know?

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I don't know much, but I got seeds, sprinkled them around the bases of a few trees, and they grew. The first year, the plants struggled and stayed small, but now they come back every year. I don't know if they reseed since I mow around the area and don't allow them to spread.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:03PM
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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

Yes, they need a cold stratification in order to germinate. They're very easy if you wintersow them. (Check out wintersowing forum). Although seed will not always come true to the exact mother plant.

Where do you live? Many nurseries, even Walmart sell them potted in the Spring.

I know Holes and Wickams in Alberta have great selections to choose from.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:31PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

I am in Edmonton and have bought from different greenhouses but not much selection. Lots of seeds available. My thoughts are winter sowing as well. And maybe I have been mowing them down before I recognized them! They may be coming up in my bird seed garden!
Thanks guys


    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 6:41PM
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I have done cold stratification and no cold stratification with columbine seeds and both ways germinated well. The long spurred type bloom all summer for me where as all the other ones I have bloom for a few weeks and are least the foliage looks good.I have picked up a lovely white columbine from the local Extra Foods box store..and bought a light blue winky columbine from WM last year.So far the long spurred ones are the best at reseeding..Jean

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 11:21PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Ginny Garden
I have a selection of old time and hybrid columbine. I have magpie, which do not come true from seed, but has interesting babies. I have some lovely, really old time baby pink semi-doubles, which do come true from seed. I also have several other hybrids: wine/white; deep pink/wine; pale yellow. I also have some blue/white and some Nora Barlow, if I can figure out which is which!!!

I always stratify or winter sow, that's just what works for me. If you would like some seed, email me.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2009 at 8:31PM
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