Drumstick Allium Flowers (Allium cepa) are a type of annual plant native to Asia, Africa and Australia. They grow up to 2 feet tall with long slender stems. Their flowers have 5 petals and white or pink centers. They produce small yellowish fruits which resemble little pebbles. These plants are very drought tolerant, but they do not like full sun conditions because their leaves turn brown quickly when exposed to direct sunlight. They prefer partial shade.
The most common species of drumstick allium is called Allium cepa var. allii.
Other names include “black trumpet” and “white trumpet”.
These plants are often grown as houseplants, but they make excellent indoor decorative plants too! They look great in containers or hanging baskets, and they’re easy to care for too!
They’re easy to grow, but they require lots of light. You’ll need at least 12 hours of bright indirect sunlight each day.
If you don’t get enough light, these plants will become stunted and won’t flower properly. They also tend to burn easily if left out in the open too long without water.
You can keep them indoors year round, although they may not bloom as much since they’re so cold hardy! This is a great option for people who want to bring a little bit of the outside in!
These plants can also be grown outdoors all year round, as long as they have enough sunlight and are protected from frost.
They thrive in soil that has been enriched with plenty of organic matter. Keep soil moist at all times, but don’t let it get soggy since this can cause root rot.
Water these plants from the bottom, watering from the top can cause the leaves to rot too!
These plants can also be propagated by dividing their bulbs. Some gardeners like to grow them from seeds too.
The seeds should first be treated with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide before planting them. This helps break down the coating on the seed which prevents it from germinating immediately. Place these seeds on top of the soil and don’t cover them. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Seeds should start to sprout within 2 weeks.
Fresh flowers can be used in a variety of recipes, especially salads and other cold dishes. They also make nice garnishes for desserts or drinks.
The flowers can also be preserved by drying or freezing. You can also use them to make wine, vinegar, oil or jams too!
There are several different varieties of Allium cepa you can choose from when deciding to grow these plants. The most common type is probably the Ornamental Onion.
It’s also known as the Tree Onion since it resembles an onion more than a garlic bulb. It has large puffy pinkish white flowers and grows up to 2 feet tall.
Flat Onions are smaller than the Tree Onions and only reach a foot in height. They have a flattened grass like leaves and grow clusters of flowers with yellow centers.
The leaves are much broader than that of the Tree and Ornamental onions and have a distinctive Fragrance. Broadleaf Garlic is yet another type of Allium cepa, which is very similar to the Tree Onion.
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