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This became one of my favorite flowers, after seeing an entire bed in bloom when I visited NYC. So gorgeous! The flowers are giant, the size of a grapefruit, and a beautiful purple-pink. Most allium I have seen for sale at nurseries are more purple or blue. These remind me of a fireworks display.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Louise from Harrisburg, PA
It is an allium, which is related to onions. It's gorgeous!
What do I do with allium bulbs when they are finished?
After they finish blooming, cut off the dead foliage and leave them alone. They will bloom again.
I just leave mine in the ground and they come back every year. I started with 1 blossom and I had 5 bloom this year. I probably planted the original bulb about 6 years ago. I need to divide them so that I'll get more blossoms in a couple of years. It's best to wait until the fall to move them, according to what I have read.
Last fall I planted my daffodils, allium, iris, and hyacinth, but in the spring only a few allium came up! I've never had this happen, what could have happened to them?I need to know before I plant them this fall.
Just one idea; soil nutrients and PH levels change over the years. You can order a PH test and you would need to look up how alkaline or acidic your Allium needs.
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I'm not sure if it's because of all the rain we had, but I think my allium are especially bright and colorful this year!