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ErashaErasha Posts: 52

I planted a number of alliums, all sorts, about 8 weeks ago. This included some allium sphaerocephalon. Today when planting out the last of my tulip bulbs, I couldn't help but notice that all the allium are already sprouting quite significantly :s will this damage there chances of a good bloom next summer? Is there anything I can or should do about it?



  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024

    I planted same species of allium less than 2 months ago and they're sprouting happily. First time I am growing those, so I don't know if this is normal. I guess it's OK.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Perfectly normal. They'll flower at the usual time.

    It's one of the drawbacks though - by the time they flower, the foliage looks duff.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    I can second Fairy's post. Sphaerocephalon seem to come up the earliest for me here. 

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427


    Same here my  sphaerocephalon are up by a good 6" fingers crossed they will flower normally. These were a bee magnet last year, so I planted many more, I love the way they show half green half purple part way through flowering ?

  • Same here I planted some new ones in pots & they are all up. I thought it might be the unusually mild Autumn weather but I bow to those with previous experience of this.

    AB Still learning

  • ErashaErasha Posts: 52

    Loana what a beautiful photo!

    Thank you for the reassurance Fairygirl and Mark56.  I was also wondering if it was just the mild Autumn Iain, but looks like that's made way for a frosty end of Autumn anyway!

  • dave125dave125 Posts: 178

    I was getting worried about this too as mine were doing the same. Interestingly I also planted "His Excellency" Alium amongst them at the same time and he's not showing. Hope I didn't put him in upside Down!


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    They'll right them themselves Dave - usually - so don't worry if you've planted them the wrong way up image

    They don't all grow at the same rate - some come through earlier than others, and it isn't always the ones you expect. Sphaeros are among the last alliums to flower, but among the first to have growth. 

    Great bee and hoverfly magnets, if the squirrels don't get 'em. I usually have to buy some every year , but they're so cheap it isn't really a hardship  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • My alliums bulbs are already shooting up is that normal? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,980
    edited 23 November
    As you’ll have seen from earlier posts on this thread, what you are seeing is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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