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Where to plant columbine?

Posted by scgatorgal 7SC (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 22, 06 at 16:27

Hi, all -- Just bought some really cool columbine plants today. The tags say "Sun to Part Sun." But I keep hearing they need shade. We're in York, SC, just southwest of Charlotte, NC.

Any thoughts? Any other advice on columbine?

Thanks!


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

Dappled shade from pine trees or decidous trees works well. I have mine in a woodland garden. They're never in direct sun, but never in complete shade either. They seem happy in this location. I also have some seedlings growing like crazy right now in morning sun and afternoon shade, but I'll move them to dappled shade before summer gets here and the sun really beats down.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

Thank you -- I had the feeling direct sun might be too much. I'm just so tickled with them, such pretty things.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

I live in zone 7 and have two hybrid columbines in full sun, going on three and four years. They are thriving with not much fuss. Full of flowers now, but come July they will still have great foliage.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

Hey South Carolina,
I live in TN now but my columbine likes dappled shade like my hostas, I never saw them growing in SC when I was growing up but got interested in them after touring out west.
Hope this helps
Martha

P.S. they like to be in well drained soil


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

I planted some columbine seeds in a full shade area 2 years ago and low and behold one came up this year! I didn't know what it was and almost pulled it up. It's growing fine with no sun. I'm going to try to get some of the seeds and pot plant them so I can remember when/if they come up.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

Different varieties of Columbines will grow in different conditions. You can get a Columbine for almost any situation.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

Dappled light or just morning sun has another benefit....it helps them hold their color and not fade.

Ronda


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

I have mine in full sun, and they thrive


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

full sun in New Jersey and full sun in South Carolina are two different animals.


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RE: Where to plant columbine?

My columbine seem to grow in all light and soil conditions. They are very sturdy, prolific plants. I plant in areas where I will enjoy their "baby" plants.


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