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Allium Globemaster

Allium Globemaster

Allium Globemaster – Spring’s Purple Powerhouse

When you’re a human, having a big head is almost never a good thing. When it’s literal, finding a hat or helmet that fits your enormous noggin is often a nightmare, and when it’s figurative everyone thinks your success has made you arrogant and unbearable. Luckily, flowers don’t have these kinds of problems. The bigger their blooms, the more we prize them. And if there’s one flower bulb that embodies this phenomenon, it’s Allium Globemaster. An enormous purple globe sitting on top of a slender, tall stalk that can grow up to 36 inches, this fragrant fluffball is a favorite with every gardener looking for a statement piece for their spring garden.

When to plant Allium Globemaster

Like all spring blooming flower bulbs, Allium Globemaster needs to be planted in fall. When the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, it’s time to find a spot that gets full sun or partial shade and has well-draining soil, since flower bulbs planted in water-logged soil will start to rot in no time.

How to plant Allium Globemaster

A good rule of thumb for planting flower bulbs is to dig a hole that is three times as deep as the bulb is high. Allium Globemaster needs a hole that is at least 6 inches deep, with the bulbs spaced approximately 10-12 inches apart. Put the bulbs in the hole with their pointy ends up, cover them with soil and water well to settle the bulb.

When does Allium Globemaster flower?

This cousin of chives and onions is a late bloomer, and depending on where you live it will flower in late spring or early summer. During this time it does not only spread a lovely fragrance, but it also attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators, making it vital for a healthy garden. After the flower has bloomed you can snip off the head, but the leaves should be left to wither away on their own, as this is how the nutrients flow back into the bulb for next year.

What to plant with Allium Globemaster

To make Allium Globemaster stand out even more, it’s a great idea to grow it together with tulips in colors that really complement its purple-blue hue. The lush yellow of Tulip Strong Gold and the pristine white of Tulip Angel’s Wish are ideal for this purpose.

Where to buy Allium Globemaster

Growing Allium Globemaster in your garden means a big impact with just a small effort. You can buy top-size bulbs at DutchGrown’s website. We’ll lead you through the purchasing process, and before you know it your bulbs will with you ready to be planted right away.

Meet Ben, our Flower Bulb Specialist
Meet Ben, our Flower Bulb Specialist

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