A lot of people don’t actually see onions as beautiful plants, but the truth is that onions as a plant have some very close cousins that certainly deserve a place in your flower garden. Alliums are fast-growing ornamental plant that can grow taller and they also have round flower heads that is composed of dozens of star-shaped flowers. Allium plants are not edible but their leaves actually have a slight onion-like scent when they are crushed. Allium plants are not also bothered by rodents or deer, and there are also plenty of them to choose from for any garden. Below is the basic information about Allium plant;

The botanical name: The botanical name is   Allium.

The common name: The common name is Ornamental Allium.

The plant type:   The plant is a Bulb or rhizome.

The mature size: The mature size is about one to four feet tall, three to ten inches wide.

The sun exposure: Allium prefers full sun.

The soil type: The soil must be well-draining.

The soil pH: This should be around 5.5-6.5

The blooming time: The blooming time is spring, although there are fall bloomers.

The flower color: The flower colors are yellow, pink, white, purple, and green.

Plant hardiness zones: USDA 4-10

The native area: Allium is native to Middle East.

Plant toxicity: The plant is mildly toxic to humans and also toxic to cats and dogs.


Growing Alliums in containers

Allium can be grown in containers. The following are the steps on how to grow Allium in containers;

1.    You have to wait until it’s cold outside, with a soil temperature of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit or even lower. If you are in the North this will be in September or October, but if you are in the South it is October or November.

2.    You have to pick a spot in your garden that really gets full sun.

3.    Try and look for a well-draining container and then fill it with loose soil, make sure that water those not gather and stay at the bottom of the container.

4.    Make sure you plant the Allium bulbs about four to eight deep and six to eight apart and also place them in the soil with their pointy ends up.

5.    Water them well once and then wait for spring. But if you live in hardiness zone 3-7, you have to water them well and then bring the containers indoors, in other to let them spend the winter in a cool spot.

6.    After the alliums plant has bloomed, make sure you don’t cut off the foliage. You can leave them until they are completely withered and yellow, and then remove.



Pest and disease control

Allium plants don't actually attract too many pests. Deer and rodents normally avoid Allium plants.


Allium plants can be attacked by fungal diseases such as downy mildew and rot, on the other hand these are not serious problem in a flower border as they would be in a vegetable garden. To actually fix this problem, try and avoid overhead watering and also remove the infected Allium bulbs.

As for insect pests on the plant, try and always watch out for snails and slugs as well as the Allium leaf miner. 

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