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Deadhead Your Columbines At This Time To Easily Save Seeds
Columbines’ gorgeous blooms are a great addition to any garden. By deadheading them right as they wilt, you can save their seeds without cutting their blooming season short.
Deadheading is done before a plant produces seeds to encourage it to bloom longer. Once your columbine starts wilting, use your fingers or shears to remove the flower at the base.
Then, at the end of the growing season, allow your plants to finish their life cycle. As they dry out, they develop a cup-like tube that’ll release their seeds once they’re ready.
Simply crush the dried flower in your hand to harvest the shiny black seeds. They’re viable for about five years, so store them in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them.