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Old 11-10-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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I tend to collect seeds throughout the growing season and sow them mid-winter (in pots outside). When my columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) seedpods were ready, I collected them. I vaguely remember sprinkling some if them in a pot of dying "cat grass". Along with then, I think I threw in any loose seeds that didn't make it into the containers with the rest of their kind.

So, late summer or early fall, they began to germinate. There seems to be a couple (rather large) yellow gems and (what looks like) Penstemon hirsutus. They are doing well...but it is now November and the temperatures have dropped a lot. I am not sure what to do with them.

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Cold frames are most often used to keep plants from freezing in the spring, but it should work well in the fall too. If you can plant them in the ground and cover them with some clear plastic attached to a wood frame they might get in enough growing time to survive the winter.
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Cold frames are most often used to keep plants from freezing in the spring, but it should work well in the fall too. If you can plant them in the ground and cover them with some clear plastic attached to a wood frame they might get in enough growing time to survive the winter.
I don't have a could frame.

I have an unheated sun porch. I'm not sure if I should get them accustomed to the cold during the day and pull them in at night and let them go dormant...then put them in the ground before it freezes. I'm assuming trying to have them survive all winter indoors is not the best idea.
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