Broersen Bulbs

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Specialist Bulb and Flower Growers



Growing guide


SITUATION: Alliums are easily grown and prefer a sunny position in a rich, well drained soil. Some well rotted animal manure, compost or a balanced commercial fertiliser should be worked through the soil a few weeks before planting.
Allium schubertii bulb
Allium schubertii

TIME OF PLANTING: February to May. Planting distances and depth are determined by bulb size, which ranges from 1-10cm in diameter depending on the species. Plant 5-7cm deep and space 10-20cm apart, with the large bulbs at the greater depth and distance apart.

WHILE GROWING: Pests and diseases are rarely a problem, however watch for thrips during warm weather around flowering time and spray with an insecticide if necessary. Alliums are excellent cutflowers. With some species, flowers usually appear after the foliage has started dying off. When left in the ground, Alliums do not like very wet conditions during the summer months when they are dormant, so ensure that drainage is adequate or water are only moderately.

DIGGING & STORING: Bulbs can be left in the ground for many years. When necessary, they can be dug after the foliage has died down. Allow bulbs to dry, then clean off any soil and store in a dry, airy position.

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