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Please Help! Can I plant allium bulbs in the spring?

Posted by midwestplantsfan z5 Kansas (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 16, 08 at 10:47

Hello all,
I just found this website yesterday and have been looking through it ever sense, I love it! As I was looking through some of the photo galleries, I saw a picture of some allium "ivory queen" and immediately knew I had to have them. Well my spring fever took over and I immediately ordered some without doing any research. Now I have seen that these should possibly be planted in fall. Are my bulbs going to be okay or am I out a few bucks for my over excitement.

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RE: Please Help! Can I plant allium bulbs in the spring?

I saw the same posting and was seized with the very same fever:) Since they are only available for order in the fall bulb catalogs, I assume that it is best to wait and plant them in the fall. However, if you have them now, there is no need to lose them. Just put them in pots! I am not experienced growing allium karataviense, so I cannot advise you about such things as protecting them from cold through the winter, but I guarantee someone on this forum can and will. Stay tuned.

RE: Please Help! Can I plant allium bulbs in the spring?

Yes, you can plant them in spring or as soon as your soil is workable and no longer frozen. Planting ASAP is certainly preferrable than storing them for any length of time. In fact I'd consider potting them up as soon as I received them rather than waiting until too much later to plant outside. But they may not do much this season. Ornamental alliums have a relatively early bloom season and do need a winter chill period, which is why they are included with other spring flowering bulbs for planting in the fall. Frankly, I am a little suprised at any reputable bulb dealer selling the bulbs this late (or early, depending on your perspective :-)). Generally alliums offered outside of the normal fall planting period are presented as started bulbs in pots.

FWIW, 'Ivory Queen' is a great selection. It is an early bloomer and has a low profile, making it a good choice for the front of the border. And it produces a large bloom, given the size of the plant. It also has an ability to maintain good foliage appearance, a real plus for an allium. Most alliums, by the time they are ready to bloom, are adorned with some really ratty looking foliage, making it necessary to hide their bases amongst other plantings.

RE: Please Help! Can I plant allium bulbs in the spring?

Thanks so much for both of your answers. I did not even think about the buying time of these bulbs. I just got so excited when I saw a picture of these and found some on the internet. I figure I have less than 10 dollars invested in 15 bulbs, so even if none of them make it, I have learned alot about a plant I was not familiar with and have quickly fallin in love with. Thanks again!

RE: Please Help! Can I plant allium bulbs in the spring?

The foliage does go dormant though.

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