AQUILEGIA vulgaris

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AQUILEGIA vulgaris

Columbine, Granny's Bonnet
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Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Origin: Western, Central and Southern Europe; naturalized in North America
Special Features: Violet-blue flowers held high above the foliage. Cut flowers are a wonderful addition to bouquets. Plant of the Year 1985 in Germany.
 
Basic Colour: (blue)
Flower Colour: blue
Natural Flowering Period: May - June
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: rounded, multi-lobed, grey-green
Growth Habit: cushion / open, airy
Height with Flowers: 50 cm
Spacing between Plants: 40 cm
Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: toxic plant / medicinal plant
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 1.66667 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
600
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
5 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
Sowing Direction:

(16) See 15 with the exception of germination being slower and more irregular. This poses no problems.

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
winter - early autumn
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 3 - 4 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 4 - 6 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: A prudent recommendation would be to provide 6-12 weeks at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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