How to collect allium seeds

Do it:

Sep, Oct

Takes just:

20 minutes

Alliums are spectacular plants and it's worth saving a few seeds to sow in the spring to grow some more for the garden. The seeds will germinate quickly and reach flowering size in a couple of years.

You will need

  • Secateurs
  • Paper envelopes


Cut the seedheads from your allium plants as they start to break open.

Bring them indoors and let them dry out.

Gently tap out the seeds and store them in labelled paper envelopes.


If the weather is damp when you pick the seedheads from your alliums, they can be hung in a paper bag in the airing cupboard to dry out thoroughly before storing.

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