Allium is easy to grow from seed. Learn how to grow Allium from seed and fill your garden with beautiful ornamental blooms.

Ornamental Allium seeds can be collected from seed heads of some species of allium, after they have bloomed and formed seed.

Propagating alliums from seed is an easy and cost effective way to increase the number of allium plants in your garden.

Alliums grown from seed will be hybrids, and there may be variations in size, form and color in the new seedlings.

Allium flowers are made up of many tiny star shaped flowers which, if fertilized, will form numerous small seed pods on the spent flower head.

Wait for the seed pods on the seed head to become brown and dry before harvesting ripe seeds.

Collect the seeds on a dry day when the seed heads are not moist from rain or heavy dew. Store seeds in a cool place until ready to be stratified.

If planting indoors, stratify the seeds prior to planting, by placing in a plastic bag with a moist medium, and then placing in the fridge for at least thirty days.

Allium seeds directly sown into the garden will be naturally stratified by the outdoor elements during the winter months.

When planting indoors, allium seeds can be planted in cell trays, or alternatively in open trays filled with a soilless medium.

Allium are easy to grow from seed. The seeds require darkness for germination, so make sure to cover them.

Direct seeding is one of the easiest ways to grow allium from seed. The time to direct seed can be in early fall or very early spring.

Winter sowing is another easy and almost hands off method, to grow any perennial or hardy annual seeds, including allium seed.

Some allium seeds can germinate fairly quickly. Others may take up to three months to grow.

Plant out into the garden in spring. In the first year the tiny plants will grow, establish, and develop, saving energy for the next year’s bloom.

In year two you should see some blooms, and be rewarded with the results of your efforts.

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