Grow Aquilegia seeds

You have a couple of opportunities to sow Aquilegia seeds. The first is from February to June, and if you miss this first season then you have another opportunity from September to October. Using a seed tray filled with a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting' gently water before sowing the seed.  Sow the Aquileia seed on the surface of the compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of vermiculite. This is because Aquilegia seeds require light to help promote germination.

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Place the tray inside a heated propagator at approximately 15-20 degrees Celsius. Alternatively, seal the tray inside a clear polythene bag and place on the windowsill of a warm bright room. Just make sure that the window does not receive direct sunlight s this can overheat the seedlings and dry out the compost. You can expect the first seedlings to emerge in 1-3 months. When the first leaves break through the surface of the compost they tray can be removed from the propagator or polythene bag but left on the windowsill and water as required.

When the seedlings are large enough to handle they can be transplanted into 3 inch pots

Aquilegia plants sown in September  can be placed in a cold-frame over winter and planted out the following spring.

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How to grow Aquilegia from Seed

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