Allium bulbs are a member of the leek, garlic and onion family. It is also referred to as the flower onion, due to the big, lollipop like lavender bloom clusters. The flowers, which can reach softball size, appear on top of the long and sturdy stalks and can typically be seen in either May or June. These blooms provide color between the early blooming bulbs and the summer annuals, lasting approximately three weeks if they are not exposed to any strong winds. The Allium blubs can even survive climates that are cooler and once they become established, no care is required.
The key to ensuring the health of your Allium bulbs includes careful planting location and continued care.
Where to Plant the Allium Bulbs
When planting your Allium bulbs, it is important that you plant them in a location with fertile soil. It is also essential to find a location that receives direct sunlight for the majority of the day. This is the ideal growing environment for the bulbs, ensuring they have a healthy and strong start.
Before planting the bulbs, you need to water the location deeply in order to saturate the soil located around the bulbs right after you plant them. Once the bulb is established, it will be drought tolerant and it will not require any additional irrigation.
Fertilizing the Bulbs
It is important to feed the Allium bulbs when you plant them in order to give them a healthy start. Be sure you use a fertilizer that has been formulated for a flowering bulb. Also, be sure to apply the fertilizer according to the directions on the package. After the bulbs are fully established, you will no longer have to fertilize them.
Maintaining Your Bulbs
When the bulbs begin to grow, it is important to pinch the flowers as soon as they start to wilt. If you want more plants produced, it is important to allow the flowers to begin to seed.
When the foliage turns a yellow color later in the summer, you should cut the plant to the ground level. Be sure you do not cut the foliage while it is still green, since the living foliage will provide the bulbs with the necessary energy for the subsequent blooming season.
Properly maintaining your Allium bulbs will ensure their health and longevity. Additionally, using the tips here will help the bulbs reach their full potential, providing you with seeds and plants for following seasons. If you do not properly care for the plants, then there is no point in planting them in the first place. Keeping this information in mind will help you successfully grow Allium bulbs.