The Q&A Archives: Planting Allium Bulbs

Question: I got some Allium bulbs at a church plant sale yesterday. Should I go ahead and put them in the ground now or wait until this fall? I'm not sure exactly what kind of Allium they are but im sure it would be the most common kind. They were very inexpensive.

Answer: Your Allium bulbs were probably recently dug and divided from someone else's garden. Go ahead and replant them now, placing small bulbs 3"- 5" deep and large bulbs 6" - 8" deep in very well-drained, but not too rich soil. Space the bulbs 6" - 12" apart, depending upon size. Your bulbs are probably summer-flowering bulbs (traditionally divided in the spring), but if they don't flower this summer, they'll probably flower next spring.

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