ALLIUM cernuum 'Hidcote'

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ALLIUM cernuum 'Hidcote'

Lady's Leek, Nodding Onion
[Pink Giant]
('Major')
Select Item No. AA199

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Alliaceae
Origin: North America and Northern Mexico
Distinction: Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Special Features: Graceful nodding blooms - larger, darker pinker and earlier flowering than the species. Very vigorous. Suitable for meadows, rock gardens or plantings at the edge of woods. Flowers, stems and bulbs can be used as a food flavouring.
Historical: Ethnobotanic uses for respiratory and cold treatments.
 
Basic Colour: (pink / salmon)
Flower Colour: pink
Natural Flowering Period: May - June
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4 - Z9
Foliage: slender, grey-green
Growth Habit: bulbous / clumping
Height with Flowers: 40 cm
Spacing between Plants: 30 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: beneficial plant
Usage: for the rock garden
Grams per 1000 seeds: 5.40541 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
185
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
5 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 4 - 6 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): open flats / 72
Sowing Direction:

(16) See 15 with the exception of germination being slower and more irregular. This poses no problems.

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
late autumn - early spring
Sowing to Germination: 8 - 10 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")
Vernalization: A prudent recommendation would be to provide 6-12 weeks at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: There has been no research, but an obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Some later flowering species can be forced in 14 - 16 weeks and perhaps sooner at warmer temperatures. Further experiments are warranted.
Fertilizer: Light (100-150 ppm)
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