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joannakat
May 25, 2020 6:45 AM CST
Hi everyone,

This fall, I planted some allium bulbs (purple sensation). They came up beautifully, and are now blooming. However, the ends of many of their leaves are yellowing. I'm wondering if this is normal, or if they need some special sort of TLC?

I did apply bulb food in the fall and again in early spring. I'm in zone 5b.

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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 25, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Joanna, the same thing happened to some allium my MG group planted in one of our projects. The yellowing started soon after they began to bloom. I'm wondering if this is not something normal for them. Hope someone else chimes in on this.
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joannakat
May 27, 2020 4:36 PM CST
I just found this online:

"Alliums usually produce leaves a month or more before they send up a flower bud. With some species, the foliage starts to yellow and die back before the flowers have finished blooming. To help hide this fading foliage, plant the bulbs among other plants that will cover the dying leaves. Good companions for alliums include hosta, astilbe and perennial geranium."

So I guess it is normal! Live and learn, right?

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gardenfish
May 27, 2020 5:37 PM CST
I'm always glad to learn something new about gardening! Now I can tell my MG friend who chairs the project. She wondered why, too.
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joannakat
May 27, 2020 5:38 PM CST
gardenfish said:I'm always glad to learn something new about gardening! Now I can tell my MG friend who chairs the project. She wondered why, too.


Here's where I found it:

https://www.longfield-gardens....

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gardenfish
May 27, 2020 5:50 PM CST
You're kidding. The same Longfield gardens that sells bulbs that keep sending me e mails? I guess I need to go back to that site and look at the help section. Green Grin!
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joannakat
May 27, 2020 6:15 PM CST
If you say so... I found it through a Google search. I also found lots of pictures of the same allium and they all have those yellowing leaves!
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