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I planted 5 allium bulbs outside in a pot last October and they came up fine about 6 weeks ago. Now the flowers have all dried up and two of the 'globes' of flowers have what look like bulbs growing in the centre and all have lots of green ?seed pods where the flowers were.

Is this suposed to have happened by now? Can I plant the 'bulbs' or green pods to get new plants? And should I pick all the old flowers off and expect to see new ones?

Thank you for educating me!


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  • Posted: Sun. 6th June 2010 18:07

Re: Allium purple sensation

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Lobeck,

Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ are May/ June flowering, so it’s perfectly normal for them to be dying back now. It’s also not uncommon for the odd one to produce a bulb in the flower head as you are describing. It’s usually not advisable to use these seeds and bulbs to grow on, as they tend to result in much paler flowers, and you will lose the deep purple that you have experienced this year. To avoid this, remove these immature seed heads now before they have a chance to set seed.

Remember to add the plant to your ‘plants I have’ list to receive regular care instructions.

Hope this helps!

  • Posted: Tue. 8th June 2010 15:23

Re: Re: Allium purple sensation

Reply from Lobeck2000

BTW, thank you very much for this advice!

  • Posted: Sun. 20th June 2010 16:33