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I am slightly concerned that I have sowed dragons teeth so to say when I replanted my aquilegias. I couldn't get all of the root up and I now suspect I might have created more plants by moving them or does it take more than just leaving some root in the ground.


Bits of aquilegia will not grow unless there is a growing shoot left in. If it was a really big plant, you may find it won't  transplant well.

Not sure what you mean by Dragons teeth ?  I can sympathise tho as I have a problem with Celandine over running my garden.  When I move any plant to a new clean space, I try to wash the roots bare and pick out any "baddies" before transplanting.  Aquilegias don't always like this treatment tho and it can be almost impossible to catch every weed.Also of course you are limited as to what time of year you can do this.

Another method is to pot up your Aquilegia as cleanly as you can and then wait until the offending weed shows it's head........when you are sure each one has germinated, you can clean again as above. Not perfect by any means but worth a go if you have some nice plants you want to save.

I will be more than interested to see other solutions (not just weedkilling as that means spraying the whole of my garden ) but wish you the best of luck in the meantime

Think maybe I misunderstood........nothing new there then


The dragon's teeth is a reference to Greek mythology. Can't remember if it was Heracles that was tricked in to sow the teeth but the result was that an army sprung up where he sowed the teeth. Bindweed might have been a better reference as it is that it does when the roots break.

I thought you could propagate it easily without any leaves on the root just pop it in the ground.

Not sure if mine would be regarded as big but it was hell to shift. I think the root was bigger than a pound coin at the top


Unintentionally I've left bits of root in the ground and found plantlets growing the following year.

Never tried to move a large Aguilera, when they have seeded just moved the plantlet's.

Not much help there then! 


Are you sure the plantlets aren't seedlings Bizzie? Aquilegia is a prolific self seeder

I agree nutculet, could very possibly be self seeded - and I speak from experience, however I do love them so often dig up and move to a more suitable space if they are not where I want them.  Their foliage is also a lovely touch to the garden as it grown in tidy mounds.

Had a load self seed into my strawberry patch on the allotment so have left them there to encourage pollinators.

Oops! yes nutcutlet. Should have explained more. Aquilegia seed everywhere so I thin them out, leave some in the ground to 'grow on', then move to other borders the following year. No greenhouse so use what space I have for growing cuttings etc . 


I often move aquilegia because, like SFord, I like them. Also they are easy to grow and don't mind being moved around. I do, however, have a very sunny garden so I have to make sure any moved plants are given adequate water if it's warm.

Hi Valderie - I have a very dry and sunny garden too and they don't seem to be disadvantaged at all by not being fussed over!  I do mulch annually though so that may keep them happy!  I certainly dont water unless its weeks and weeks with no rain.

I love the fact that I was given a plant in one colour (a lovely deep purple with a yellow centre) and the seedlings have not come true and are a really wide variety of colours from the palest pink, pale yellow through to a ceris pink/red.


I'm suspecting that I might have killed them. They are not looking happy there they are (read wilting) and on top of everything it is really cold here now.

For a delicate looking plant I find they are remarkably resilient. Give them time and they will recover. This cold spell is a hindrance if you want to move or plant anything. So 'when in doubt do nowt' - as my gran would say!



Take off any large leaves Swedboy, if they're wilting they won't survive and it's more work for the roots to do.


This has now turned into a full blown massacrer. Both plants seems to have vanished from the surface of the earth. Think one might have been out manoeuvred by my crocosima hybrids which a re taking over parts of the garden. The other nothing is left. not a shred.

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