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Re: now that the weather has calmed down


Thanks Tricia. Those were my thoughts too, but my reason for wanting to cut them back was to hopefully dispose of the leafminers and any eggs or non-obvious larvae from the sawflies before they spread to more leaves. I can drench the soil for eggs later. But I don't want to kill them off either. I have a couple dozen pots of them that I hope to put up for sale in late August.

I'll hold off on a decision for a few weeks yet.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Patricia" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] now that the weather has calmed down


I have never cut back my columbines... and if these were mine I probably
would just let them go. But that is not from experience..just my thoughts.
It would be better for them to look a little ratty and get over it then to
die because they didn't have enough leaves to live.
Tricia
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 5:34 AM
Subject: [CHAT] now that the weather has calmed down


I know that you can cut columbine back to the crown now and the plants will
sprout new leaves.
My qstn is, can this be done on recently dug & potted columbines?  or are
they already under too much stress?
These were dug a couple of weeks ago. Leaves look pretty ratty, some have
leaf miners, some appear to have sawfly damage, though I don't see the
larvae.  I did see some about a month ago.
What do you think?

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5

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