How to Plant Columbine Seeds


Columbines flowers are loved by gardeners for their soft colors, and by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds for their sweet nectar. Columbine seeds require a period of cold dormancy called stratification to germinate. To plant your columbine seeds directly into a garden, it must be done in the fall so they will germinate in the spring. To start columbine plants indoors, an artificial stratification process of placing them in a cold environment for several weeks will be necessary. Apart from stratification, planting columbine seeds indoors or outdoors is a fairly simple process.

Planting Columbine Seeds Indoors

Step 1

Fill the plant pots or flats to the rim with a seed-starting potting soil mix.

Step 2

Water the seed pots enough to naturally settle the potting mix.

Step 3

Lay one to two Columbine seeds on top of the soil mix and cover lightly with additional soil.

Step 4

Give the soil a mist of water from a spray bottle.

Step 5

Cover the plant pots or trays with plastic wrap and place them on the bottom shelf of a refrigerator. Leave alone for 30 days.

Step 6

Take the seed pots out of the refrigerator and place in front of a warm, sunny window until the seeds germinate, which can take up to four weeks. Continue to monitor the soil to make sure it is moist. Water when necessary.

Step 7

Plant the seedlings outdoors in your garden when they are 3 inches tall.

Step 8

Fertilize the columbine plants once a month with a basic fertilizer, but it is not necessary. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Direct Planting In Ground

Step 1

Rake the planting area clear of all leaves, weeds and other debris.

Step 2

Wet the soil to provide moisture.

Step 3

Place the seeds on top of the moist soil and cover them lightly with soil. The seeds should begin to sprout in the spring.

Step 4

Fertilize the columbine plants once a month with a basic fertilizer, but it is not necessary. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant the columbine in full sun, as they prefer partial shade and cooler temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed trays or planting pots
  • Potting soil mix
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap


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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.