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Posted by poolia 8b (My Page) on
Sat, May 11, 13 at 20:00

Getting ready to move to the LakeCity, FL area from KY. Been a hard core gardnener for 30+ years - cottage style. I plan to move with me the plants that will do well in my new zone. One that seems iffy is my columbines - one of my favorite plants. Apparently they just go to zone 8. Does anyone have luck growing them in my new zone? I can't determine if they must have a cool period or if they can't stand the summer heat. Here they bloom in early May and we get 90 degrees July and August and they do fine in partial shade - no mid day sun. Thanks for any help.

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RE: Columbines

Unfortunately, they don't do well in our zone - they require 900+ chill hours to come back from dormancy and we only get 700. I miss growing them, too!

RE: Columbines

Please don't give up on your columbines. I have grown mine in pots here 20 miles west of Daytona for over 5 years. I have not tried to have them in the ground yet..I trim them back and they are lovely every year. I have shared many, and they are doing well also.

RE: Columbines

Columbines planted in the ground will not get enough 'chill hours' down to the root zone as the cold does not penetrate very far into the soil, but planted in pots they most often will get the required chill hours to the root zone and do just fine. Growing plants in Florida is a challenge and you must use your ingenuity to fool mother nature. If there's a will, there's a way, you just have to discover what will work for the specific plant.


RE: Columbines

Thank you for your replies. I sort of thought about the pot method. Thanks for letting me know it may work

RE: Columbines

I found a "double winky" columbine and brought it home a few weeks ago. It was a sad clearance plant, but I cut it back some and it's blooming again. I have put it in an area that gets morning sun and then a deep shade because I was afraid the summer heat will be too much for it. I didn't have too much hope for it when I got it, but I had to try.

If it survives the summer, I'll be sure to [try to remember to] put it in a pot for the winter to try to get it to come back next year.

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