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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Jun 23, 2015 11:59 AM CST
I planted several Allium Schubertii bulbs last fall, and they've produced beautiful seed heads once they were done blooming. Can these plants be grown from seed, and If so how long will they take to bloom?

The title of this post should say Schubertii, not Christophii, Sorry!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2015 12:19 PM CST
I don't see why not and you really should give it a try, no harm in trying and you might end up with additional beautiful Alliums! Star of Persia (Allium cristophii) is a lovely plant!

I googled and found this about sowing seeds: http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/39

And, here it says propagate from seed in spring: http://www.finegardening.com/stars-persia-allium-christophii
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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Jun 23, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Thanks for the links Lin I tip my hat to you. I will save the seeds, and try winter sowing them since they seem to need chill time. The link also had similar information about shcubertii. I really appreciate the information.

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plantladylin
Jun 23, 2015 1:08 PM CST
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RickCorey
Jun 23, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Hi Anette. Great question!

Our plant database says this:

Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ or Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs

Ornamental Onion (Allium schubertii)

So presumably you CAN get seeds to germinate.

Maybe some of the 11 ATP members who have the plant would talk about whether they ever tried to germinate seeds and how true to the parents the offspring were.
http://garden.org/lists/plant/75205/

I don't see "F1" anywhere, or any cultivar names, so presumably it is just the species and ought to come as true to the parents as any plant would that hasn't been inbred for generations.

I found this in "hortipedia":
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).





Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Jun 23, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Rick,

Thank you for such a detailed answer. I greatly appreciate the information that you have shared.

I've grown alliums from bulbs, but I look forward to seeing if I can get them to grow from seed.
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jun 23, 2015 10:53 PM CST
A. christophii reseeds like crazy for me, I don't do anything, they just show up. I also have one A. schubertii and I haven't seen a seedling yet. But go ahead and plant them anyway, I would think they would grow. The seeds may need to be covered with soil.

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