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Organic Allium 'Sphaerocephalon' - Drumsticks | 10 pcs.

Organic Allium 'Sphaerocephalon' - Drumsticks | 10 pcs.

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Organic drumsticks flowerbulbs

This organic grown Allium 'Sphaerocephalon' bulbs are also known as 'drumstick', 'drumsticks' or 'bold-head onion' because of its small, compact flower. This ornamental onion blooms from late spring into summer and even before the flower bud has opened, it already has a high ornamental value. The flowering time is approximately 4 weeks and it also blooms for a very long time as a cut flower in a vase. After the egg-shaped flower grows out of its shell, it is first green in color and as it grows larger it changes color from top to bottom to a magenta-like color.

Drumsticks have a sturdy, stable stem about 70 centimeters to one meter high and the flower diameter is about 5 to 7 centimeters wide. Unlike other allium species, the flowers do not have star-shaped, but bell-shaped flowers and the stamens protrude far from the perianth, making it easy for insects to reach them. The bees and bumblebees absolutely love the drumsticks.

Everything on the plant is edible, the taste is like garlic.

A long flower stem grows from the bulb with 2 to 6 grass-green, round, hollow leaves at the bottom, approximately 1 to 4 millimeters in diameter. These leaves quickly dry out, even during flowering. This means the plant takes up little space and is very suitable for combining with other ornamental onions or early flowering perennials.

How, where and when do I plant drumstick flowerbulbs?

The flowerbulbs of a drumstick need a cold period. Therefore, plant it in the ground in the autumn from October to January. The planting depth is 2 to 3 times the flower bulb itself and the planting distance is 2 to 3 times the width of the flower bulb itself. It thrives best in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in a nutrient-rich, water-permeable soil, preferably calcareous sandy soil.

Care of the Drumsticks

Cut off the spent flowers at the top of the flower stem and let the rest of the flower stem and leaves die. The flowerbulbs can possibly be removed from the ground for propagation in July. Dry the flowerbulbs and store them in a warm place until October and then plant them again.

Drumsticks naturalize well and can also remain in the ground during the summer. For optimal results, provide annual organic food.

Origin of the Allium 'Sphaerocephalon'

The Allium 'Sphaerocephalon' was first described in 1759. It belongs to the Alliaceae family and is native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia. The word 'Sphaerocephalon' means 'spherical heads', which is derived from the Greek words 'sphaira', meaning 'sphere', and 'kephalē', meaning 'head'. This refers to the bulbous inflorescence of the plant.

Organic Allium 'Sphaerocephalon' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: June - July
Planting time: From September
Planting depth: 7 cm deep
Planting distance: 10 cm apart
Height: 70 cm high
Flower diameter: 7cm wide
Location: Partial shade, sun
Soil PH: Loam, sandy soil - Slightly alkaline/neutral
Winter hardiness: Good hardy
Propagation: Good (naturalizes)
Family: Alliaceae (garlic family)
Colour: Purple/green
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: Yes
Bulb size: 5/6

Other allium species:

  • Bio Allium 'Cowanii'
  • Bio Allium 'Mount Everest'
  • Bio Allium 'Purple Sensation'
  • Bio Allium 'Red Giant Star'
  • Bio Allium 'Schubertii'
  • Bio Allium 'Tuberosum' (Garlic Chives)
  • Bio Allium 'Violet Beauty'
  • Bio Allium albopilosum 'Christophii'
  • Bio Allium ampeloprasum 'Ping Pong'
  • Bio Allium caeruleum 'Azureum'
  • Bio Allium moly 'Jeannine'
  • Bio Nectaroscordum siculum 'Bulgaricum' (Bulgarian onion)


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