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antonanton Posts: 20
Hi everyone. I wandered if anyone can help, I've not grown alliums before and recently purchased a plant, it's lived indoors on a windowsill for a week and looks like its dying, can anyone help or advise if it can be saved and what I need to do. I'm rlly hoping not to loose it. Please see pics below in the drop box link Thanks everyone.


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,236

    It probably doesn't like the hot dry conditions indoors - especially on a sunny windowsill - it should really have planted outdoors as soon as you bought it. It's probably not going to perk up this year, sadly. Plant it out, water it, enjoy it next year when it (hopefully) comes back up. You can buy bulbs of these for comparatively little money in Autumn, plant out in a well drained sunny spot.

  • antonanton Posts: 20
    Hi willdb,

    On no not good, I was concerned about frost still, I'll plant it out and have a go, just gotta see what happens, at least if nothing else it'll come back.

    Aha I see, autumn shopping required then haha.

    With bulls go you have to over winter then or just leave them in the ground? Also what time of year do you plant the bulbs?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,863

    Sorry Anton, when I go to that Dropbox link I just get a Dropbox blank page.

    Can you upload your pics here by clicking on the green tree icon?

    However, I think my answer will be that your allium needs to be planted outside in your garden - they're hardy border plants.


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

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    My allium bulbs are just left in the ground over winter Anton and I'm in Scotland where the winters can be very cold.  They seem to survive OK.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,092

    Oh dear - what a sad little plant  image

    He wants to be outdoors right enough. Bung him outside anton, even in a pot in a sheltered corner and when he's recovered, get him into the border where you want him. He'll be fine. Or she....image

    Re your query about buying bulbs and leaving them in the ground - it depends on the bulbs! Most will stay in the ground and come up every year. Alliums can be left in situ - well drained sunny spot for most of them. In late summer /early autumn the GCs, nurseries and diy outlets will get stock in of the popular bulbs - daffs, crocus etc. That's the best time to buy and plant them, and they stay in the ground too. Tulips are usually left till a bit later in the year to plant and many people treat them as annuals as they can be a bit trickier to keep going in the ground.

    If there's a specific bulb you're interested in just let us know - you'll get plenty of help and advice image 

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,863

    Cheers Edd image  Strange, my laptop will let me see them now.  Poor little thing image

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

  • antonanton Posts: 20

    Thanks for recording the pics, I'm on a phone and I think I can only do the links the little tree thing ain't there.

    Thank you everyone for your help, I've resorted it and he's now in the shade hopefully he will recover to see another day haha.


    Sorted sounds like I should be alright then, I imagine the winters inland abit more are somewhat tamer.


    I think I'm gonna have to have a look in the shops abit later on and see what's about, it's only really my second year properly growing and I have focussed on dahlia varieties so I'm trying to branch out abit this year. I've got just over 30 varieties of dahlia on the go at the moment plus a few more weird and wonderful things. I think I may end up calling on the advice haha.
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