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Is it normal for aquilegia plants to die off so soon after flowering?


By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

The plants were lovely and flowered really well, but have now finished flowering, and the plants seem to be dying off even though it's only early June (I would expect them to die off later in the year, to come again next year). Four of the plants are newly planted this year, but one has been there for several years and comes back each year with no problems until now. I live in the north east of England. My garden is roughly north-west facing and the plants are in full sun in the morning and in shade in the afternoon. The soil is clay.



The flowering stems die back, often with some of the leaves as well. Cut down any dead stalks or stems and leave them to rest and recover from the effort of flowering. The other reason it's best to cut the spent flower stems off is so the plant doesn't have to put all its efforts into making seed.

8 Jun, 2009


Many thanks Bamboo for your very swift reply! So I should just cut off the flowering stems, and leave the foliage, even though the foliage seems to be dying off too?

8 Jun, 2009


You'll soon see new leaves growing, Jan65. Don't worry, Bamboo is right - just pull of the dead leaves as well.

8 Jun, 2009


Thank you both, I'll give this a try and see what happens. Many thanks again.

8 Jun, 2009

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