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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Collecting Allium Seeds

2008_0514image0022I'm a big fan of Alliums after planting the bulbs (or whatever they were, I can't remember) last fall and watching them bloom for the first time this spring. 

I was really surprised how long they lasted and how they looked like they were standing guard over the Spirea.  2008_0514image0023

This has got to be the easiest thing on the planet to collect seeds from.  I just did nothing and they turned out like this (below).  2008_0628image0006



I'll collect the seeds and let them dry then hope like heck somebody tells me how to grow more Alliums from seed. 


MBT - I need you! 


  1. I don't know the answer to this question, but I look forward to the answer cuz I love me some Alliums too. :)

  2. I let my allium sow themselves. They're becoming a nice group now. I've never tried to collect the seeds. Some alliums are rampant self-sowers, in particular our native Allium cernum. I have to deadhead every one, or the garden would become a sea of them.

  3. I love them and didn't know they were so easy to grow. Thanks for sharing. They look awesome protecting your other plants.

  4. These will do best if they are winter sown in January, as that will mimic the self sowing cycle. Always use fresh seed, as seed over a year old won't germinate.

  5. Gina,

    First let me say thanks for the kind thoughts expressed on my blog. It means a lot to me right now. It looks like you did good and Connie is right. Just sow them in the ground in the fall where you want them to grow and let the winter cycle do the work. Or store some and sow them in the winter in pots. They're pretty easy.