Allium flower bulb questions

peacekneadsMarch 5, 2010

I've never planted bulbs before (newbie!) and had some questions about when to plant. From what I understand some bulbs need to overwinter, and some do not?

Can I plant allium flower bulbs in the spring for summer flowers? What about garlic cloves?

Thanks!

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woodyguthriefan(6a)

I think in most regions it is optimal to plant in fall for both ornamental allium and garlic. As with most things there is no black and white, clear cut answer. If you put them in the ground now I have a feeling the garlic would root and grow some garlic but not its full potential(fewer and smaller cloves than could of had if planted in fall). Allium are supposed to bloom much earlier than garlic are supposed to finish so I don't believe the allium will have enough time to properly root and get well-established before they are supposed to bloom in late spring/early summer this year. A potential pitfall for both is that they rot in the ground before rooting. This depends greatly on the weather conditions this spring. Viva El Nino!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 10:58PM
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gloriosa321(8b)

It's best to plant flowering allium bulbs in fall, garlic in spring unless you have mild winters like me and you.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 10:14PM
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cyrus_gardner(8)

You have to ask the supplier of the flowering bulbs and/or read the instructions
on the package. But generally, flowering bulbs, including alliums
need to be planted in fall.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 10:02PM
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