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May 25, 2020 6:45 AM CST
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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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May 25, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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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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May 27, 2020 4:36 PM CST
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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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May 27, 2020 5:37 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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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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May 27, 2020 5:38 PM CST
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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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May 27, 2020 5:50 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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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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May 27, 2020 6:15 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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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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