Allium tricoccum was Tropaeolum tricolor

Nhu Nguyen
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:57:33 PDT
Two years ago I bought some bulbs (complete with roots) from Berkeley Bowl
and like Max, I ate one of the two leaves from each bulb and planted the
bulbs in a one gallon pot with a well-drained medium. During the growing
season I keep the medium moist and in dormancy give them a sprinkling of
water once in a while to keep the soil from drying out completely. They have
a short growing season from when the temperature warmed up in March to about
July. They bloomed for the first time this year and have made a number of
seed pods. The pods and flowers remained although the leaves have all
senesced. I'll send the seeds to the BX when they are mature. It will be a
long time before I can produce enough plants to enjoy the pleasure of eating
spring ramps.

Berkeley, CA

On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 9:11 PM, Max Withers <> wrote:

> I wanted to alert Bay Area residents that I spotted Allium tricoccum
> bulbs at Berkeley Bowl this week. I have never seen the bulbs for sale
> before, the source was "California", so I imagine some kind of
> commercial ramp-growing operation.


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