How To Grow And Care For Columbine Plants

Columbines prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH 6.0 to 7.5).Amend the soil with organic matter like compost to improve drainage and nutrient content.

Soil Preparation

Plant Columbines in spring or fall. In cooler climates, early spring planting is preferred.

Planting Time

Plant seeds or seedlings about 1 to 2 inches deep.Space plants about 1 to 2 feet apart to allow for growth and air circulation.

Planting Depth And Spacing

Water regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not soggy.Reduce watering once the plants are established; they are somewhat drought tolerant.


Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring.Alternatively, apply compost or organic fertilizer to provide nutrients.


In colder climates, apply a layer of mulch to protect the roots during winter.Remove the mulch in early spring to allow new growth.

Winter Care