Allium Sphaerocephalon

All About Growing Allium Sphaerocephalon

In the past, Allium Sphaerocephalon was only cultivated as a vegetable, but today the taller variety of this plant is loved by many due to its beautiful purple blooms. The huge sphere like heads have lovely star like blossoms that can really add beauty to any flower garden. With its brilliant purple coloring, these flower work well as a colorful contrast to other bright colors, or as an addition to flowers of different shades of lavender and purple.

Allium Sphaerocephalon come in a variety of sizes, some are very large, and there is a smaller species that looks great when used in a rock garden, as well as to compliment the front of borders. Additional members of the Allium family include chives and garlic; both of these work well to help keep pests away from the rest of your flower garden. For this reason, it is a good idea to plant the garlic and chives around those flowers and vegetables that are at high risk for being infested with insects.

In the fall, you can let the blossoms of the Allium Sphaerocephalon dry and remain on the stalk, as they will still add interest to your garden. These flowers also look great when added to flower arrangements of other colorful blossoms.

To grow Allium Sphaerocephalon flowers you will need to find a site that will provide them with a lot of sun. These flowers also do best when planted in rich, high quality soil. If your soil has a high sand content, you will want to make sure that you add mulch.

Keeping in mind that the Allium Sphaerocephalon flowers are bulbous perennials, you will have a couple of different choices when planting these flowers. You can choose to plant the bulbs in the fall, or you can plant these flowers in May, after they are in bloom. When you choose to plant the flower instead of the bulb, it is easer for the plant to become established so you will likely get some great flowers the following year.

After planting the Allium Sphaerocephalon, watch the surrounding area for new clumps that will indicate that offshoots are forming. In the fall you will want to remove these little bulbs and replant them. These bulbs will form beneath the ground, in close proximity to the parent bulb. Carefully break these little bulbs off and replant them in a thin layer of compost, and then replant in a suitable location outside.

Healthy Allium Sphaerocephalon flowers will self-seed fairly easily, but if you would like to have some control over where your flowers are growing, you can collect the seeds before they fall. To do this, you will want to remove the stalks and heads when they have gone brown. Keep the seed pods in a cool, dry location. In the spring you can plant these directly into the soil, but be prepared for a wait. Although the Allium Sphaerocephalon seeds can germinate in as little as three months, it can actually take up to a year.

Allium Sphaerocephalon plants are easy to grow and fairly healthy, but if grown in an especially humid area you may find that they can develop mildew and white rot. They may also become the target of onion flies; if this happens you will notice a yellowing of the foliage. Around the roots you will find maggots eating away at the plant. If this pest attacks your flowers, you will have to dig up any of the plants that are affected, including the surrounding soil. There is no other method of treating this infestation.




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