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Allium seeds

Allium seeds

Allium seeds

This charming little plant from the dry hills of southern Europe produces many-flowered umbels of glistening-yellow, vaguely bell-shaped flowers with prominently protruding stamens in early summer. Best planted in clusters or allowed to self-seed, it does of its best in an open, sunny position in well-drained soil. ... Learn More.

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This charming little plant from the dry hills of southern Europe produces many-flowered umbels of glistening-yellow, vaguely bell-shaped flowers with prominently protruding stamens in early summer. Best planted in clusters or allowed to self-seed, it does of its best in an open, sunny position in well-drained soil. ... Learn More.Leaving the pods to mature further in the garden will lower the number of seeds you can collect from your Alliums but with each "flower" producing dozens of seeds this isn't really much of a problem. Even if you leave a stalk in the garden during the whole season by the end you may still find one or two seeds hanging on.

The petals wither away leaving only the seed pods that turn from green to an olive color as the seeds grow inside the little pods. Inside each pod you'll find between two and three seeds forming. If you're worried about your Allium seeds being eaten by birds or falling off you can cut the stem and bring it indoors once you see the first signs of the pods splitting open and revealing the seeds inside. Once you know how to collect Allium seeds in the garden you'll have to do it twice every garden season. In the late spring you can collect seeds from Alliums like 'Mount Everest,' 'Purple Sensations,' 'Gladiator' and in the late summer and early fall you'll be have to save seeds from nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum). The seeds look identical in most of them so make sure to label them to keep track of them. Although, I find that nodding Alliums seem to have shinier seeds than the others. When you sow Alliums seeds you will only get seedlings the first year and it can take a couple of years before your Alliums mature enough to bloom. (Source: mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com)

 

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