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Purple globe allium

Posted by baunlee 10 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 1:25

Hello I am new to gardenweb and I have a lot to learn! I have my first flower garden this year in my first home. I always loved and admired the long plants with the purple bulbs on top. Last time I was at my moms she had a plant catalog brecks or something...and it had those! Only they wanted $24.00 a bulb?!? They were called beau regard allium. They also had a giant allium mixture for $10 with 6 bulbs.

I don't have a lot of money to spend on the garden and I've planted most things from seed in my sunroom. Before spending money on these I thought it would be wise to ask the gardenweb pros if it's a good price and if not where else can I get them? Additionally if anyone has extra bulbs please let me know as they will be well loved and adored! Thanks for any advice in advance :)

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RE: Purple globe allium

I like Brent and Becky's Bulbs. They run two seasons, one for cool-season bulbs planted in fall (alliums are in this group) and warm-season summer bulbs. Late in each season, they have a sale of whatever is left.

That said, you may find these bulbs at a good price in the fall in retail stores.

I would grow these in groups of the same type so you get an orderly stand. Mixing them won't be as pleasing to the eye.

RE: Purple globe allium

There are also many kinds of allium. I have mostly drumstick allium (1" across) and Christophii allium (2-3" across). In the fall you can find them sold in bags along with tulips, daffodils, etc. They are closer to 8 for $5. These are usually the purple globe alliums that bloom 2" across. The larger the bloom, the more costly the bulb. I love the giant ones, but I'm like you. I just can't pay that much. I also save seeds from them and trade the seeds. I know it will take several years to get a bloom, but that way I have a chance and other people have a chance, too, without spending every nickel we've got! In my area the allium sells fast in these larger stores. I have to get it quick or I've missed my chance. Maybe in large cities or bigger places they go on sale if there are some left over, but not here.

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