Alliums

This question was asked by
Bob D

Looking for a mixed lot containing 5 varieties including Christophii Purple sensation and 3 others choice yours. All same height more or less. Say 180-200 in total. Good size bulbs and best price please. Sussex.

Hi Bob

We have lots of Alliums to choose from, you can see them here:

Alliums

We also have a couple of great Allium Bulb Collections:

Giant Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 12 Bulbs + 10 FREE Purple Sensation) (SKU17723)

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)

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Allium Gladiator

This question was asked by
Jerry

In 2019 I put down a large number of allium Gladiator, they bloomed in 2020 but nothing at all this year. Also have two large pots in which I had a mix of smaller allium and almost all have disappeared, I wonder why please?

Hi Jerry

It could be a number of factors…How did you care for them after the alliums had finished flowering? Did you remove the flower heads and leave the stems and foliage to die back to feed the bulb so it flowers the following year? Have you checked to see if the bulbs are still there and intact? Do you have drainage holes in your pots – they may have got too wet and rotted away.

Alliums

Allium  Gladiator

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Storage of Allium bulbs

This question was asked by
Ann Myles

Each year I have spent a large amount on buying allium bulbs – they are planted in late autumn and bloom beautifully in the spring/summer but if I leave them in the ground they never return the following year, so I always have to buy and plant more each year. I feel that I need to dig them up at the end of the season and maybe store them over winter rather like a tulip bulb that you wish to relocate the following year – any idea on how to do this if it is possible, or where do you think things are going wrong. I live in a very exposed site in the Cotswolds and our winters are quite wet and temperatures can go as low as -12 degrees on a regular basis. Thank you for your help.

Hi there,
No I would leave your alliums where they are, cut the seed head off and allow the foliage and stem to die back by themselves to feed the bulb. Alliums like a cold dormant phase so its best to leave them in. We do advise lifting them after the 3rd year and splitting them.

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)
Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Allium gigantium

This question was asked by
Valerie

How would I plant 3 bulbs if I wanted to grow in pots would they need a pot each and what size pot do I need and what compost .

It’s personal choice on how you wish to plant them. If you want 3 in a pot, we would advise a 12″ pot. A free-draining, multi-purpose compost will be fine, or try John Innes No. 3.

Loraine Hart