Akelei, the perfect but tough garden nomad

If you visit the English gardens in the spring, you will often encounter the Aquilegia vulgaris or Akelei. Our neighbors on the island across the Channel love this spring bloomer. Dar is not surprising either, because they are beautiful garden plants that can self-seed and come up in different places. The Akelei is not called a nomad for nothing. The wild form of the plant always has dark blue flowers and is still sporadic in our country and Belgium. In the Ardennes and very rarely in Limburg it is still possible to find a real wild columbine. In other parts, ‘wild’ columbines are escaped garden plants.

Sowing and transplanting
The columbine flowers only a year after sowing and is not winter-resistant. The easiest way is to sow them in the summer in a nursery tray or in pots. The strongest specimens can then be planted out in early autumn. There is a good chance that you will flower in the spring. The Columbine is not picky when it comes to the bottom. Ordinary garden soil is good enough, a little sandy is fine and if the soil is rich in humus, the columbine is immediately in its element. The Columbine is also not very demanding in other respects. Because this nomad can self-seed, it is clear where the preferred location is. If given the choice, the Columbine takes a place where the sun shines in the morning, but where there is shade in the hottest part of the day. It is therefore recommended to immediately plant the plant in a popular spot.

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