allium cristophii (star of persia) seedlings

belfastmomApril 10, 2009

When I did my spring clean up a few weeks ago, I discovered a mass of seedlings growing right under a fallen seed head of a star of persia. I thought (and hoped) they might be star of persia seedlings so I left them be. Now they are bigger, they look like skinny, baby chives and not at all like the leaves of the mature stars of persia that are growing beside them. I also seem to have a quite a lot of them scattered about. So I'm really not sure what they are. Could these be star of persia? Does it grows easily from seed? Has anyone else had them or similar alliums grow from seed.

belfastmom

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

I've had lots and lots of seedlings from my Allium christophii, clustered where the seed heads fall as you describe. I think it must take a very long time for them to reach flowering size, though, because it's been at least 6-7 years and I'm still waiting ...

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 9:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
steve22802(7a VA)

My mom has a large (and expanding) clump of Stars of Persia (Allium christophii) and it has self-sowed and the offspring are blooming. I don't think it should take 6-7 years for them to bloom, more likely they should bloom by about the third season. They can be difficult to start yourself from seed because they need cold stratification and light to germinate but they self-sow fairly easily if you just let the seeds fall on the soil surface and then leave them undisturbed until the next spring when they will germinate when they are ready. Obviously you would want to be careful not to mulch over the seeds which is usually my problem.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 7:49AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Phaedranassa dubia
Hi all, I bought this bulb couple of months ago. It...
radhavall
What happened?
How long do Tulips last? We had some come up and the...
steve46h
When do oriental hybrid lilies bloom, i have some bulbs in pot outside
I brought a pot of 4 hybrid oriental lilies from home...
tlbean2004
spreaders
pushkinia, scillas, aka chionodoxa, muscari. what nice...
daves10z7annv
Hipeastrum papilio x H.Donau
After repeated and many unsuccessfull crossbreeding...
haweha
Sponsored Products
Allium Blue Gray Printed Cotton Curtain 50 x 84
$72.95 | Bellacor
Allium Blue and Grey Printed Cotton Curtain Panel
Overstock.com
Allium Grass
$635.00 | Horchow
Allium Down-Alternative Floral Comforter Set
$59.99 | zulily
Thomas O'Brien Allium Hand Knotted Area Rug
FRONTGATE
Allium Lavender Olive D├ęcor Set
$49.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™