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Zone II Gavel Challenge – September 2014 Update

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Overwintering your Aquilegia canadensis (Wild columbine)

GCA Zone II Gavel Challenge May 6 & 7, 2015
September 2014 UPDATE

By now you should have healthy 3-inch + sized plants.
Now is a good time to transplant into a slightly larger pot if you haven’t done so already.  Go up a couple of inches in diameter and in depth as these plants grow a tap root.  (Remember one plant per pot.)
Plants can stay outside until late October/Thanksgiving depending on the weather.  When the columbine seedlings go dormant the leaves will yellow and dry up.  You can put the plant & pot in the ground, mulch  and leave until March, OR, store in an unheated garage, tool shed, under bilco doors, etc.  Perhaps trying different locations is a good idea if you have several plants. You can also place inside a cooler to help keep them constantly cold.

Check your plants every several weeks.  Water if necessary—Do not let go bone dry, however, overwatering risks rotting the root ball so be careful to let dry between waterings.

In mid-March bring pots into light.  (Do not fertilize until you see 1st set of leaves.)  Plants enjoy cool nights 60/65 degrees.

Around April 10th you can begin to harden off your plants by acclimating outside.  If you have never done this before be sure to ask your Club Horticulture Chair or a professional at a local nursery.

Remember this is both challenging and fun and we are really only trying to force these plants to bloom 3 weeks earlier than if left outside to bloom naturally in the garden. Continue reading