Vocabulary Lesson: Bulbils

As I catch up on tagging my photos, I’m going to publish a series of mini-posts demonstrating interesting horticultural vocabulary.

Allium bulbils at Joy Creek Nursery
Allium bulbils at Joy Creek Nursery

On my very brief visit to Joy Creek Nursery on Sunday, I came across their Allium walk, and noticed these little bulbils forming on this Allium head.  As the bulbils age, they should turn brown, with a little paper covering.  Save and sow them immediately in your standard potting soil, with a little grit on them.  DON’T FORGET TO LABEL THEM.  You can plunge the whole pot into your nursery bed, and then forget about it.  Although slow to germinate, you will get larger bulbs with time.

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