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23/06/2013 at 20:07

 took peoples advice and moved some of my granny bonnets seedlings into their own pots but i am confused of what after care i have to give them obviously i wll move them into bigger pots when larger but what happens over winter will the foilage still die off and regrow in spring even though they are quite small?thank you 

23/06/2013 at 20:14

I expect to be planting out the babies this autumn, they'll do much better in soil, look after themselves. some of the foliage will die backbut you can still see them in winter, not like some plants

23/06/2013 at 22:05

Indeed, as Niucutlet says, plant them out in autumn, when the soil is still warm, they will overwinter fine and return to delight you next year.  Aquillegias are very promiscuous, and freely cross with each other, so that often you get a garden full of greyish pink ones, but I have found that some of the modern hybrids do keep their colour and don't crosspollinate with their neighbours - you will have to wait and see what yours do.  I have also found a couple of double ones in my garden this year, very strange as I don't usually grow double flowers because the bees can't get any use of them.. However, those that have arrived themselves are very lovely so I shall let them be.  

23/06/2013 at 22:06

The aquilegia descended fron Nora Barlow are double, but the bees in my garden seem to like them.

23/06/2013 at 22:11

Glad to hear that, don't know where my pink and black ones came from, but they are so pretty. 

23/06/2013 at 22:16

I've grown more seeds from Touchwood this year, trying to improve the colour range

24/06/2013 at 11:48

Bought some plugs last year, can't remember where from, lovely clear shade of yellow.  Have kept them a bit apart and hope they will return true next time.  Fingers crossed they will be good like a few of the others. 

24/06/2013 at 11:52

I wanted some yellow ones, but the seed I bought last year (devon sunshine) didn't germinate at all.


24/06/2013 at 12:46

Yes, I've had trouble germinating single colours from seeds, which is why I bought pugs.  I wasn't at all sure they would survive the winter but they did.  Will save seed but suspet they won't come true, assuming they germinate at all.

31/08/2013 at 12:37

I have just collected a load of seeds from my aquillegias. When should I sow them ? Do they need to be sown in the green house or do you just fling them about in the garden?

02/09/2013 at 09:22

There are two schools of thought , Lulu. You can sow now in trays, and they may germinate soon or in the spring. Or you can sow in the ground where you want them to be. If you have lots of seed you could try both methods.

02/09/2013 at 09:31

I sowed mine in a cold greenhouse in January this year on the advice of Carrie Thomas, National Collection holder. Excellent germination of all. Previously I'd sown them outside when ripe, this also worked very well but sometimes I had germination in autumn and had to look after tiny plants through the winter.

they will seed themselves in the garden with no help from you if you leave them

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