Allium Globemaster and Lucy Ball

CricketmJune 10, 2005

I have a question about these beautiful Alliums. They just finished blooming and today I cut them down to dry. Any other suggestions on the care of these beautiful Alliums. I also have White Sensation Allium that are blooming right now. I live in NY, Zone 7. Any information would be appreciated.

Marie/CricketM

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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

I leave all my Allium seedheads alone until they break away by themselves later. The seedheads provide interesting contrast to other plants & flowers. This way, I get longer lasting benefits from the bulbs, considering how expensive they are, especially Globemasters.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2005 at 3:26PM
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Cricketm

Thanks Pitimpinai for your input. I will leave them on next year. I thought they were like daffodils and tulips -- that you cut the flower off after it is done blooming because you don't want them to go to seed. You learn something new every day with gardening. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2005 at 10:16PM
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Geezer66(Ohio)

If you let the globemaster and purple sensation go to seed, will it take too much energy from the bulb that next year the bulbs will not produce as big of flowers?
I read somewhere that one of these varieties produce sterile seeds. Does anybody have information on this? Thanks. Geezer

    Bookmark   June 11, 2005 at 10:20PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

My 'Globemaster' did not produce seeds. The ones that were well fed and not crowded by other plants came back the same size as before and produced baby bulbs.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2005 at 10:12PM
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globemaster(Denmark)

I'm deadheading my alliums - even the sterile ones, and dug up my alliums afterwards. They are coming back each year - whitout any decrease in bulb or flower size.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2005 at 3:47PM
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