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Aquilegia Seeds - McKanas Giant Mixed

Botanical - Aquilegia

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150 Seeds
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FP-AQU-02
 
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150 Seeds.

Other Names - Columbine…

Aquilegia McKanas Giant Mixed produces a mixture of large plain and bicoloured upward facing bell shaped flowers with long spurs up to 10 cm long. It is a clump forming perennial producing mid green coloured leaves which are divided into leaflets 2 - 5 cm long. Columbine flowers are unfortunately generally short-lived however this variety is very vigorous and will produce a large amount of flowers from May to August.

  • Produces large, long sized spurred flowers.
  • RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
  • Vigorous variety.

Suitable For - Herbaceous borders, flowers for drying, flowers for cutting, wildlife gardens, low maintenance gardens, coastal and cottage gardens, flower arranging, rock gardens

Sowing Months - March, April, May

Flowering Months - May - July


Soil Preperation

To help with moisture retention the plants will benefit from having a good amount of organic matter such as well rotted manure or compost adding to the soil a few weeks before planting. Remove weeds, especially perennial weeds from the area.

General Information
Habit Perennial (short lived) Soil type Fertile, well drained soil
Type   Distance between plants 30 - 40 cm
Position Full sun or partial shade Sowing depth 2 mm
Average height 70 - 80 cm Germination Temperature 15 to 21℃
Average spread 60 cm Days to germination 14 - 21 days
Hardiness Fully hardy down to -15 RHS Bee friendly Yes
Soil Ph   RHS Award winner No

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow aquilegia seeds on the surface of moist compost in pots, trays or modules.
Lightly cover the seeds with fine compost or vermiculite.
Place the container in a propagator or if preferred in a clear polythene bag and seal. Do not exclude light as light will help improve germination.
Once germination has started remove from the bag or propagator and move to a location with good daylight and a reduced temperature. Protect from frost.
When the young seedlings are large enough to handle transplant into 7 - 10 cm pots.
Grow on until the plants are strong. Plant out when all risk of frost has passed.
Before planting out harden off over 7 - 10 days so that the young plants can acclimatize to the outdoor temperature slowly.

Direct Sowing

Sow the seeds directly in a well prepared seed bed in spring where the flowers are to grow once all risk of frost has passed. When large enough to handle thin and transplant to 30 - 40cm apart.


Growing On

Columbine should not require any additional feeding during the season unless the soil is very poor in fertility.
Water well in dry weather.
These plants are short lived perennials and will reach their peak in their second to third year.
Aquilegia can be divided every 3 years in spring, however they can take some time to recover as they dislike being disturbed. For this reason some growers prefer to sow new seed rather than dividing the plants.

TIP

If the plant is allowed to form seeds this will shorten the life span of the plant. To prolong the lifespan remove spent flowers as soon as possible.

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