Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) [30 Seeds]

$3.95

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they can require experimentation and a good bit of patience.

One option is to sow the seeds in fall to midwinter, just covered with growing medium. Set the pot outdoors, in a spot protected from mice, to germinate when conditions are right. If no seedlings appear the first spring, let the pot go through another year outdoors, because the seedlings may not appear until the second spring.

Some sources suggest giving the seeds a warm (70°F) period of 1 month before a cold period (40°F) of about 2 months, repeating the warm-cold cycle a few times if needed, until seedlings appear.

Yet another possible approach is to sow and keep the seeds evenly cool (around 55°F) until sprouting occurs.

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Description

Native to much of North America, nodding onion (Allium cernuum) produces slender. basal leaves and separate, upright stems to about 18 inches tall. At the top of each stem, a cluster of nodding buds open in midsummer to pink flowers. (The pink can vary greatly in intensity. My plants have very pale pink blooms.) Nodding onion is right at home in a meadow or naturalistic garden but also looks good in a more formal border. Be aware that it may self-sow if not deadheaded. Full sun to light shade. Zones 4 to 9.

Harvested in September 2020. At least 30 seeds.

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