Should I keep my alliums?

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 331

I planted 12 allium Purple Sensation and am very disappointed that only 7 have buds. All have numerous, healthy-looking leaves. Should I leave them all where they are and hope for better next year? Or discard the non-flowering ones? Or is there something I can do to get them flowering? Just a thought - might they still produce flowers?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,091

    Leave them, mine seed themselves and I just let them get on with it. My original ones still flower.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    I've lost count of how many alliums I've planted over the years, but now have them all over the place - which isn't a problem!

    I'd leave the ones which aren't looking as though they'll flower this year, let the leaves die down and I think there's a good chance they'll flower next season. It might be an idea to let the ones that do flower run to seed, so they will gently increase naturally.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 331

    Thank you both for your advice. I'll let them die back - and hope for better things next year! A related question: when is the best time to move alliums to another spot?

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,826

    As soon as the flowers have finished, the bulb has then gone into hibernation.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 331

    Thanks for the clarification.

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