Allium flowerbulbs give distinctive flowers, usually in purple and white. The large varieties such as gladiator can grow flowers up to 25cm in diameter on 1 meter tall stems!
Allium flower bulbs are highly ornamental members of the onion family
Allium plants grow from flower bulbs or rhizomes. Allium flowers are borne on leafless stems from late spring until early summer. The flowers on some Allium varieties such as Allium Gladiator are very large; they are perfect for both fresh and dried flower arrangements.
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How to plant the larger Allium varieties
The large ball shaped alliums such as Aflatunense - Gladiator - Mount Everest - Giganteum - His Excellency - Allium nigrum and Schubertii all produce large flower heads and have big bulbs, much bigger than the small bulb Alliums such as Moly and Rosenbachianum and Oreophilum they are the small Allium bulbs ranging in bulb size between 4 - 7 -8 cm ) That's why the care instruction for the smaller ones in under miscellaneous bulbs.
The large allium bulbs are planted best in a protected location as the big flowerheads will catch wind and damage the flower heads. Plant them at a depth of 10 - 12 cm.
Plant them in the prepared location and place the pointed tip upward and press them down gently. Break up the topsoil into finer soil (remove clumps) and replace the soil gradually over the planted bulbs. Always water well after planting.
In early spring when the sprouts become visual fertilise with some organic fertiliser. We recommend a mulch over the newly planted area. As soon as you see a sprout emerging depending up on the location you might want to place a cane next to the stem for protection.
Place the cane a bit away from the centre of the plant or else you might force the cane into the bulb. Remove the dead foliage after the plant has flowered and the stem has wilted down. Mark the location for protection of the bulb.
The plant will emerge again next season.