Allium Care - to deadhead?
djpreece100 Posts: 9
I've been delighted to grow allium for the first time this year, and I've got a wonderful display of 'Purple Sensation' and some interspersed 'Mount Everest' among the perennials and the roses.
However, some of them are starting to 'go off' a bit - the flower colour fading, and the petals being lost. I can't quite figure out what happens next: I've read lots of advice that says "leave them, and admire the seed heads", and just as much that says 'dead head them' and almost treat them like tulips - leave the leaf structure to give energy back to the bulbs.
What do people do with their alliums, and why?
I have no idea if this is the correct way to treat alliums but I've managed to keep them for 4 years in a garden where many bulbs seem to go to die...
If they do set seed they're easy enough to hoe up or pot up and grow on if you wish.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw