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what should i be doing with my Allium Seeds

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What should i be doing with my Allium Seeds, do i leave them to dry, then to sow next year, or do i plant them into a pot now



I have grown dozens of varieties of Alliums from seed over the last cough cough years. It is reasonably easy, but the bigger the bulb the longer the wait for flowers. So here goes
Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.
Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.
Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).
Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.
When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damage, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.
Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.
Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.
I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.
Cannot think of anything else for the moment.
Not as hard as it seems. Oh and since they are almost always self pollinated you get what you sow, no variations. UNLESS you have been given some Allium flavum hybrids in which case.................

13 Jun, 2012


I may have a go Ob, I like a challenge!

13 Jun, 2012


Thanks for that useful advice Owdboggy. One of our neighbours has some fabulous alliums in flower at the moment and I have already begged some seed from her when they finish flowering. I now know what to do when I get it.

13 Jun, 2012


Now shall I say what I do at present?
Oh go on then......................I just let the seeds fall where they will and weed out the millions of seedlings which I do not want.

13 Jun, 2012

How do I say thanks?

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