COLUMBINE Aquilegia, McKana's Giants Mixture
Perennial - Permanent Plant - Height 2 to 2 ½ feet
See our test garden photo of: Columbine
Colorful variety. Attractive long-spurred flowers show above graceful leaves. Ideal plant for beds or borders. Reseeds easily.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Seed outdoors April to July. Seed indoors in February or March for earlier plants. Barely cover seeds with fine soil. Needs light to germinate properly. Firm seeds into soil with back of hand.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: When plants are 2 to 4 inches high, thin and transplant to 12 to 18 inches apart.
GERMINATION: Takes up to 30 days, depending upon soil and weather. Keep seeds moderately moist throughout germination period.
Ed's Special Advice
Grows best in partially-shaded location. Provide good drainage. In cold areas mulch with straw, leaves or evergreen boughs. Pre-chill seeds for one week in refrigerator. Sow seeds in July for blossoms the following year. Removing seed pods may result in additional later blooming.