Allium seeds

Jane McGary
Wed, 22 May 2013 11:00:37 PDT
Shmuel in Jerusalem asked
>My Allium aschersonianum has set lots of nice seeds. It is a winter grower
>/ early spring bloomer. In the wild germination is in the autumn. When is
>best to plant the seeds now or in the fall?

Save the seeds in a dry place at room temperature, in a paper packet 
or something similar, until fall, then plant them. This is the usual 
way to raise winter-growing bulbs from seed in pots. However, since 
you live in a summer-dry climate, if you want to sow them directly in 
the ground, you could do so now. I have many volunteer seedlings in 
my bulb collection from seeds that have fallen before I could harvest 
them. They germinate in fall when I provide water on the covered 
growing area, about the same time as the seeds I sow in pots.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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