Aquilegia caerulea ‘Maxi’
Aquilegia caerulea ‘Maxi’ has very large, soft yellow flowers with exceptionally long spurs, like a a flock of Dragonflies in full flight.
Plus a delightful sweet scent.
Soft yellow flowers like a Dragonfly in full flight
Aquilegia caerulea ‘Maxi’ blooms prolifically from spring into summer.
With large, graceful and very showy flowers above fine blue-green foliage.
‘Maxi’ is noted for being a particularly long blooming Columbine, as well as being scented.
Scent being unusual in the Aquilegia family.
Aquilegia caerulea ‘Maxi’ forms a hardy, evergreen perennial clump with that attractive fine, ferny bluish foliage.
Frost & heat hardy
‘Maxi’ is frost and heat hardy.
And it can also tolerate some dry once established. Particularly when it is given some shade, which is it’s natural habitat. There it can happily grow untended.
Plant Aquilegia caerulea ‘Maxi’ in Shade to ½ Shade for preference.
It naturally dwells amongst trees and shrubs.
However it can tolerate Full Sun in cooler climates, if it is well mulched for the summer.
Perennial clump approx. 60cm High in long spurred flowers x 30cm Wide attractive ferny foliage clump.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow any time indoors in punnets, or scatter directly in garden in autumn and winter.
Aquilegias germinate easily in the garden after winter chilling.
Indoors for fast & early plants: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Because these seeds need light to germinate, so barely cover the seeds with just a little sieved mix.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the water to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Seeds enjoy gentle warmth
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in any direct sun).
You can use a heat mat if you have one. But it is not essential, as a warm, sheltered window sill or corner will also do well.
Temperatures of 15- 20C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Now continue to keep moist by misting with a spray water bottle.
It is a help to cover the punnet with a clear lid, plastic bag or glass to help maintain consistent moisture and prevent drying out.
Seeds germinate in 10-30 days.
However if there is no germination in 4 weeks, then it means the seeds have entered their natural dormancy.
So cling-wrap the moist, sown punnet and keep it in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then return to the well-lit position at 15-20C.
Seedlings may begin to germinate in 10 days.
But do not discard the punnet as some seeds will continue to germinate for up to 30-90 days.
And this is perfectly natural for this plant.
Seed Count: 60 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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