Allium collection from GW
Andy Leeds Posts: 518
Obviously 100 alliums for just postage was always going to be a gamble - wondered if anyone had bought these before and had success?
I'm going off a comparison of sizes of the Mount Everest vs some I bought from a separate supplier (Pic below). How long do you think it would take to get to a similar size and will the flowering suffer until it does reach the same size?
I have also just received mine,s o cannot answer your question, have tried allium bulbs before, they never came up, so I treated myself to a few already in flower last year the sphaerocephalon, but they were expensive, I see some of the larger varieties of bulb were £9.99 per bulb, so lets plant them and hope for the best!
I acquired the allium collection a couple of years ago and had mixed results with some of the bulbs doing well and others disappearing completely. On the plus side it was a good way to get an idea of which alliums looked good in the garden and the following year I bought a couple of varieties from another supplier. With the free bulbs you get a lot of the cheapest varieties and they aren't necessarily all that impressive.
Course, you dont know whether its the slugs or whatever scoffing the bulbs, or the wet weather rotting them, or they could just be rubbish bulbs!!!
Oh great - I spent ages last week preparing beds for and planting the alliums, & this morning I've been planning what to do with the 200 spring bulbs that have just arrived....
There was a similar deal a year or so back, almost all of mine grew. I actually get a few pop up no where near where I planted them too!
Ok maybe they won't be too bad. Like I said before, gamble worth taking for the price. I'll just have to see how the 'quarter sized' bulbs will grow :-)
i bought really good sized allium bulbs, mount everest (white) & gladiator (purple) from lidl on sunday,these are the 1m tall varieties they are £1.69 for two large bulbs (per pack) or two packs for £3. , i bought 16 packs lol
I have put a handful of gravel underneath each bulb so hopefully they won't rot in the ground over winter
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I bought the GW allium offer a year or two back. We had about a dozen smaller alliums in flower and three of these lovelygigantium - but the offer cost us near on £18.00 - so no, certainly not worth it for us.
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Wow Sanjy67 that's a good deal. Was it a one-off or 'standard' prices? I might need to hunt out a Lidl....
Well the third Lidl I found had loads left. Very good sized bulbs - super happy. Good info Sanjy67 ??.