(Aquilegia Caerulea Mix)
Highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, this easy-to-grow Columbine seed mix is a wonderful addition to the summer border. Growing readily from Columbine flower seed, this Columbine mix features large, 4 inch flowers. The foliage is also very special with its fancy-lobed, dusky blue-green leaves. McKana Giant Columbine Seeds grow beautiful blooms in radiant hues of red, blue, white, yellow and purple. McKana Giant Columbine Seed Mix will liven up any garden, meadow or flowerbed; plus, they make a lovely bouquet! Elite gardeners chose McKana Giants! Keep the seeds cool and moist for 3-4 weeks to dramatically improve germination rates. Blooms second spring from seed.
Light: Full Sun
Flowers: Multi-colored flowers. Blooms in summer
Bloom Time: Spring
Planting Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
Height: 24-36 inches
Spacing: 12-15 inches
Attracts: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Soil: Rich, well-drained, pH 5.8 - 7.2
Germination Temperature: 65 - 70F
USDA Zone: 3-10
Days to Germinate: 21-28 days under optimal conditions
Germination Rate: 95%
How to Grow
Growing: Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade; this flower appreciates being shielded from the midday sun. Direct sow in early fall, sowing the seed just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing after the last frost. The seed can also be started indoors, planted just below the surface of a flat and kept at a temperature of 60-65 degrees F until germination; keep the soil lightly moist. Space seedlings 12-15" apart.
Keep the seedlings watered and control weeds. Mature plants tolerate some dryness, but should be watered in the heat of summer. Hot and humid weather may cause the plant to wilt, since this plant prefers cool weather and can survive light frosts. Flowers planted from seed will bloom in their second year of growth. After blooming, the foliage will die off. Established plants can be divided, though they will self sow readily; volunteer plants can easily be transplanted. Deadhead the wilted blossoms if new plants are not wanted. Columbine attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees as well as resisting deer and rabbits. Its natural growth in rocky areas makes it a good choice for rock gardens.
Harvesting: Columbine makes a lovely cut flower. Choose blossoms that have just opened for the longest vase life. Keep in mind that this plant can be toxic and should not be ingested.
Store Seeds: Store seeds away from children, sealed in their packaging in a cool, dry, dark place, or in a fridge. Never store them in a freezer as the sudden temperature drop is likely to kill them. Don't leave the seeds in direct sunlight as the heat generated may kill.
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