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alliums

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:15

I think I have posted this on here before, but I will do it again to save searching.

I have grown dozens of varieties of Alliums from seed over the last cough cough years. It is reasonably easy, but the bigger the bulb the longer the wait for flowers. So here goes
Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.
Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.
Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).
Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.
When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damage, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.
Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.
Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.
I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.
Cannot think of anything else for the moment.
Not as hard as it seems. Oh and since they are almost always self pollenated you get what you sow, no variations. UNLESS you have been given some Allium flavum hybrids in which case.................

 

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 11:14

Scorzonera have seed heads like that too!

Plant ID pleas

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:23

In that case, look out for Manteau de Hermine. That  is much lower growing and double like the one in your picture.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:33

And brightly coloured handles make no difference whatsoever. Somewhere in the garden is a bright yellow handled trowel which I lost this afternoon.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:17

In this garden I have been known to lose my wife.

Hedging ID

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 17:57

I thought the leaves looked a bit too long and narrow for that.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 17:55

Join the club! And some of them never turn up either!

Hedging ID

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 15:31

Grisellinia littoralis at a guess.

Nasty grubs making a meal of my vibirnum

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 12:47

There are a lot of things which eat leaves to skeletal remains. Some people have described the smell from these grubs as being like Cat urine. As I said, all you can do is spray with a contact insecticide. Not keen on using them myself, but sometimes you have to.

ID for 2 plants. please.

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 12:43

I would go with a Calceolaria for the first one too.

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