DWARF SIBERIAN COLUMBINE
Dont let the word “Siberian” fool you about Aquilegia sibirica.
You may think it needs a lot of cold, but in fact this tough little gem is more heat hardy than many other Columbines.
Perfect for small gardens & pots
And is a tiny but robust grower, with large blooms on a very compact plant.
So it is perfect for small gardens or containers.
Blue ballerinas with white frills
Dwarf Siberian Columbine bears rich, pure blue ballerina skirts, with a frill of white on their petticoats.
It blooms prolifically from spring into summer.
And the cheeky little poppets look up at you instead of nodding.
Above a compact clump of pretty, blue-green scalloped foliage.
The stems are just long enough to make it suitable for cut flowers in a small vase. Though with large and showy flowers it certainly makes a big impression in floristry.
Hardy little toughie
Aquilegia sibirica is a very hardy, evergreen perennial, despite it’s dainty size and delicate looks.
It is actually a very frost and heat hardy little toughie.
And it certainly tolerates some dry once established.
Perfect in shade
So plant Aquilegia sibirica in Shade to ½ Shade, Morning Sun, or even in Full Sun in cooler climates.
However it’s happiest place is bobbing about under trees and shrubs.
It is by nature a woodland dweller.
Evergreen perennial clump 30cm. High in delightful flower heads x 25cm Wide of pretty blue-green waxy foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow any time indoors in a punnet, or scatter directly in garden in autumn and winter.
Aquilegias germinate easily in the garden after winter chilling.
INDOORS for early plants: Sow the seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix. B
Then barely cover the seeds with mix to a maximum of their own diameter.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Now place in a warm, well-lit position (Not in any direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 15- 20C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
And continue to keep the sown punnet moist.
Seedlings may begin emerging as soon as 10 days. But germination of the seeds will be staggered, as this plant in the wild likes to give every chance that some seeds will emerge into favourable weather.
So do not discard the punnet too quickly because seeds will continue to emerge.
However if there is no germination in 4 weeks – Then means the seeds have entered annual dormancy, and need a period of chilling to simulate winter.
So wrap the moist, sown punnet punnet in cling-wrap and keep in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
The remove from fridge, unwrap, moisten again.
And return to a warm well-lit place at 15-20C for germination.
Seedlings may begin emerging as soon as 10 days. But do not discard punnet as seeds will continue to germinate for up to 30-90 days.
SEED COUNT: 50 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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