I bought some Allium bulbs and planted them 2 weeks ago ready for next spring. Went out into the garden this morning and they are a foot high already. Really confused.
Many of the tall Alliums are natives of the Russian Steppes. So they actually grow in Autumn and early winter. The leaves are frost proof so when, if, we get a cold spell it will do them no harm. They actually flower after the leaves have finished their job. If you feel the need to feed them, then now while they have green leaves is a good time to give them a foliar feed.
I planted my first ever alliums last autumn, the drumstick type "sphaerocephalon", and they were the same.
The leaves grew through the autumn/winter and the flower heads came in the summer, after the leaves finished as Berghill describes.
It's one of the reasons they don't always look so good in pots, unless they have something else in front of them. The leaves start dying back even before they're in flower, and it can look a bit rough.
Thanks all .