Aquilegia - Chocolate Soldier
This rare, choice species features delicate, nodding, chocolate-brown, 1.5cm blooms from late spring onwards. The neatly compact plants are a collectorâ€™s item and perfect for borders and rockeries. Height: 30-35cm.
Sow February to June or September to October. Sow on the surface of a good free draining, damp, seed compost and cover with a fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 15-20C. Germination can take 1-3 months. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm apart.