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Seeding from established (I think) allium

i have just collected what look like seed pods from a long purple headed 'spiky' allium - I watched a Monty Don video and duly have stored the heads into a paper envelope.



When should I sow these and can I do the same with this:


Thanks all

lou x

Last edited: 17 August 2017 13:43:14


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    See here

    Scroll down for Allium (and other bulbs ) sowing info.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    That first pic is agapanthus. The third is allium.

    Last edited: 17 August 2017 15:29:04

  • OH THANK YOU!!! akways helps if u know what plants called ?

    I will look at that link ?

    Lou x

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    were the agapanthus seeds black? If not, they're not ripe. If they are black, take them out of the paper bag and sow them. Fresh seed germinates best and agapanthus  do best like that. They don't need heat but I bring mine into an unheated GH or cold frame over winter. Outside for now. They probably won't germinate til spring.

    Same for the alliums but they don't need any protection.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

     the seeds need to ripen to black and the pods go papery and open up before you pick them. Seeds must mature on the plant before they're dried off. Picked green they will never ripen.

    It sounds a bit early, many agapanthus are still in flower.

    If there are any still on the plant, let them ripen.

    Dead-heading and seed collection don't go together. 

  • Awwww man.... I've planted theses already in litte pots 


    And collected about 20 ?

    The plant itself has kinda dried petals and then lots of those pods 


    Well you have taught me - so ty lol


    lou x

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    Easily done, but those are actually seed pods rather than seeds themselves.

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