Plant Care Common Columbine

Common Columbine

Also known as

European columbine, Granny's nightcap and Granny's bonnet

Taxonomy

Aquilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia
Ranunculaceae
Ranunculales

How to care for Common Columbine

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Columbine

Water needs for Common Columbine
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Columbine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Columbine

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Columbine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Columbine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Columbine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Columbine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Columbine in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Columbine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Columbine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Columbine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Common Columbine is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Common Columbine →

Common Common Columbine Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Common Columbine prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Common Columbine Water Frequency →

Common Columbine Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Columbine requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Common Columbine Light Requirements →

Common Columbine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Common Columbine does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Common Columbine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Columbine →


💩 Fertilizer

Common Columbine should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Common Columbine →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Columbine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Columbine Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Common Columbine

Common Columbine

Common Columbine


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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