Definitely fresh and leave it outside. If they don't go dormant they germinate in no time at all and the plants are big enough to survive winter.
If they have gone dormant sow them in January in a cold GH or outside and wait. They will germinate. Took 3 or 4 months this year, they were waiting for spring. I put grit on top especially if they're outside, stops the rain washing them away.
These are my favourites, caerulea, about 4" flowers:
which I'm trying to cross with various McKana hybrids like this one:
I'm hoping for the upward-facing habit of the caerulea in different colours - none of my McKanas have any blue in them. The results are too young to flower this year and I expect 95% will be weeded out but live in hope!
I'm finding viriflora is introducing some interesting plants. I've had crosses with vulgaris and what was sold as canadensis but I think may have already been crossed with something. Nice mixes though
Might get some viriflora, nut - throw a few more genes into the mix (not that there's much chance of preventing it!)
Has anyone had any luck growing chrysantha from seed? I have one and am going to give it a go this year. I know they don't often stay true but I can't say there's an aquilegia I haven't admired. Really hoping for some interesting mixes too with the other plants around the garden.
They first arrived in my garden as gifts from the birds, much loved now though, really beautiful and useful dainty things.
When we moved here 20 months ago this garden had long been neglected, and the last owner was definitely not a gardener - but neighbours tell us that the previous owner was a keen gardener - now that we're digging new beds and borders, and lifting paving slabs etc, all sorts of lovely plants are popping up as if they'd been waiting for us. We have some gorgeous aquilegias (alpina type), in particular some pretty rosey pinks and a dark indigo with none of the sludginess of colour that can sometimes appear with ones that have crossed and crossed and crossed. I keep meaning to take some photographs - when I find new little aquilegia plants popping up in the veg patch I move them to the Shady Bank - this means that they're flowering at about 4ft plus from ground level - a really good way to see them
well thank you everyone for your help i have moved 2 so faras i work quite a bit more then i wish to be truthful.. one more thing if its a perenail and dies back in winter will these seedlings die back aswell as the last thing i want is to chuck them out if their dormant
Yes they'll die down, but then sprout again in the spring. They start to grow quite early
ok thank you is that the same for all well most types of perenails as i have a plug pack of 72 seedlings