Sunday, June 28, 2009
It's not too Late !!
It's not too late to collect Columbine Seeds !!
Thanks to Shady's "Sow then Grow" blog I learned the simple method of collecting Columbine seeds which I never did before.
These below already dropped their seeds.
Just give it a try if you haven't already...I was always pinching them off too late.
These haven't dropped their seeds and some other types will stay closed and fully brown with seeds rattling inside.
Here are two different types of Columbine.
As you can see just from pinching them off the stem...these seeds fell right in my hand and on to the paper plate to fully dry.
It's a slow process starting indoors.
One week in the freezer...small tray full of soil and seeds.
Seeds lightly covered with soil and whole tray in plastic wrap..
Then wait 3-4 weeks to germinate under LIGHT(no plastic wrap).
These below are 2-week-old seedlings.
So my conclusion is...if you grow in a greenhouse or under lights...start seeds at least 5 weeks before your other seeds.
Or just winter sow...it's got to be easier...but I wonder just how many seeds survive till' spring .