Collecting seed from Allium

SmokyMist(7 East TN)June 10, 2005

I have about a dozen different allium, and while collecting the seed from drumstick and others is easy, I still can't figure out how to collect the seed from Globemaster or other tall "ball" type alliums. It's probably very easy and I'll laugh at myself when someone tells me. Do I cut the "ball" shaped bloom after it's finished it's cycle or do I leave it on the stem ? Thanks for any help.


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Let it stay on the plant until it develops seeds, the flower stem will yellow and die back nturally when the seeds are mature.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 7:54AM
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gardengirl_17(z5 OH)

I have an even sillier question - since the Alliums you buy are bulbs, how long will it take for a WS Allium seed to bloom?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2005 at 11:03AM
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I collected seed from my allium this year also. I am wondering the same things as gardengirl.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 9:54AM
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    Bookmark   July 24, 2005 at 12:38PM
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bulletz64(z8 SEA)

I'm in the same boat as you, guys. I just want to know if it's gonna bloom for me, how long do I have to wait (years?)and if I'm just wasting my time in planting a seed instead of buying a bulb...? :)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 5:06PM
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I believe that allium take 4 or 5 years to flower from seed...the bulbs multiply readily,...I am not too sure how prolific globemaster is as I just put it in. I will tell you though that I have been allowing my seeds to mature and then putting them in the ground..the following year I had hundreds of babies (fine green onion type of growth) I started with my first alliums about eight years ago and I have at least a hundred bulbs...some of these are from bulbs.
Some of the articles I have read say that you should cut the seed head as it takes away from the bulb, but I can attest to the bulb being fine.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 9:29PM
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Globemaster has never produced seed for me. Which is sad since i just cut one in half with my shovel today :( sniff.
Star of persia seed doesn't seem to germinate for me.
I have succeeded with two smaller types from seed. Both took 2 -3 years to bloom.

Purple sensation can be done also but i read the seed grown ones aren't as deeply purple.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 9:50PM
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