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Trisha21Trisha21 Posts: 15
I have lots of beautiful Aquilegias in the garden that have now finished flowering, I would like to keep the seed to sow in a specific area in the garden, can I cut them back now and put the seed heads in the shed to die back and collect the seed then or should I leave them as they are in the ground to die back naturally and then collect the seed before they have a chance to self seed where I don’t want them. Any help appreciated. 


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,869
    You must leave the seeds on the plant to go brown and rattling in the pods.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,034
    You need to let the seed ripen on the plant. It's quite easy to tell when they're ready - the pods open up and yo can hear the seed inside if you shake them  :)
    You'll get thousands from one plant, so dead head as much as you can, and just leave a few to get to seed stage  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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