Allium Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Lakewood, NJ
Question by ralicea
June 7, 2001
I want to know if the allium flower give seeds, for replanting, or does the bulb multiply as years go by. My allium flower is shedding seeds that look like poppy seeds, and I wonder if those are for planting.

Answer from NGA
June 7, 2001


It depends on the species. Some allium are propagated by division, but many produce seeds, which will self-sow if left to dry and fall naturally, or you can gather them by shaking the dried flower head into a paper bag. Sow them immediately, or store in a cool, dry place at 41 degrees F to sow next spring. Finally, if you have a sterile hybrid, the seeds won't germinate.

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