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Kieft Seed Scheduling Tool

Aquilegia Earlybird™

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Data is gathered from our Elburn, Ill., trials (Zone 5a) for a North American audience. Warm-climate growers: expect 1-2 weeks earlier finishing. Cool-climate growers: expect 1 week slower. Dates based on standard 288 plug size.
Early Spring
Week color desired
(1 ppp)
(3 ppp)
Sow week
Plug transplant week
EarlyBird requires 4 weeks of chill below 50F for uniform flowering. After this chill requirement they will flower very quickly and uniformly
Notes/Pitfall Management
For 1G containers fall plant is recommended. Can use 5 plugs in a 1.5G. A large liner such as a 32, vernalized and spring planted into a 1G will not fill out. If being forced for February sales, short day photoperiod may prevent flower spikes from elongating properly. Night interruption lighting will elongate the flower stems. Force from dormancy warm (65F day/night) for two weeks before cooling for greatest uniformity.
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