Germination of Aquilegia (Columbine)
Propagation of Columbine Seeds.
The best method to germinate Aquilegia (Columbine) seeds indoors is the
Materials: seeds, milled sphagnum moss(a sterile medium), small baggies
(snack size is great)
Method: 1: Place seeds and label in baggie
2: Place tiny amount of damp(not wet) sphagnum moss (1-2
times the mass
of the seeds)
3: Seal bag, and place in refrigerator for 3 weeks.
Once a week or so, open the bag to allow in fresh air, and
check on moisture - if drying, mist (better control than watering)
4: After 3 weeks, sow in a pot on top of sterile seed mix
or compost. Press seeds into soil, mist until all is moist. Give them
light (note: most seeds that are started in cold, i.e., "stratified",
need light) Cover seed pot with clear plastic, keep moist until
5: As seeds begin to germinate, gradually remove plastic.
6: When seedlings begin to show their "true" leaves, prick
out and space plants (you should be able to get 48-60 plants in a
standard 1020 flat.
7: when danger of frost is over, place plants in a cold
frame outdoors, or other type of shelter, gradually acclimate them to
the great outdoors,
8: Sometime, before July, move them to larger pots or into
the garden (where they can grow without competition.
This is not the method for all perennials. YOu should see a good
database of=r NOrman Deno's book.
However, a few genera that this is perfect for are:
Lobelia,Corydalis,Primula, Asclepias,Ruellia and Dodecatheon.
If you're looking for a good selection of Aquilegia, you might want to
look in my catalog.
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