5 Easy Steps to Grow And Care For Columbine Plants

Select a spot with partial shade for woodland species or full sun for rock garden varieties. 

Choose the Right Location 

Ensure the soil is moist but well-drained for woodland lovers, and very well-drained for rock garden types.

Prepare the Soil 

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball and place the columbine plant. Fill in soil around the roots and water thoroughly.


Keep the soil consistently moist, except for rock garden varieties, which prefer drier conditions.


Columbines thrive in cool spring temperatures but can withstand hot summers. Ensure adequate moisture during hotter periods.

Temperature and Humidity 

Trim back faded flowers after blooming to prevent self-seeding and rejuvenate foliage. Remove any damaged or diseased foliage promptly.


Divide plants every few years in spring to maintain vigor. Use a garden fork to divide the root ball and replant the divisions.


Collect seeds from mature plants or purchase commercial seed packets. Cold stratify seeds for 3-4 weeks before sowing indoors or outdoors.

Seed Collection and Germination