Sunday, July 20, 2008

Saving Columbine Seeds

This columbine has set seeds so I picked all the pods, left them to dry, and finally picked the seeds out. I must have over 500 from this one plant. We shall see if they grow come next spring. I am not sure yet whether I am going to sow these in a cold frame in the fall or stratify in the refrigerator over winter.

However there is another issue with this columbine ...leaf miners.
Aquilegia sp. (Columbine) gets several foliar diseases but one of the most common problems is a serpentine type leaf miner (leaves light tan wiggly lines through leaves). Insecticides may help but they are not necessary since this insect is not fatal to the plant - just an aesthetic problem mostly.

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