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Allium : Blue Drumsticks – how to grow, what soil conditions, and care needed

The name Drumstick Allium aptly describes this group of onions having tall, thin stems, and tight knobs of bloom at the top, indeed looking like drumsticks. Onions in this group are primarily within Section Allium, the “type” section that defines the genus, although some onions in other sections may share the so-called “drumstick” appearance.

Characteristics of Blue Drumsticks

– The Allium ‘Blue Drumstick’, Allium, has unusual flax-blue flower heads, approximately 1 1/2″ in diameter.
– It is a low maintenance perennial, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers.
– Blue Drumstick is resistant to deer and makes excellent cut flowers.
– It is easy to grow in any sunny, well-drained location.
– They should be planted in groups of ten or more.
– Divide mature clumps in August if areas become overcrowded.
– Blue Drumstick is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers.
– These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant.
– The bloom period is of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Conditions required for Blue Drumsticks to grow

– Blue drumstick should only be grown in full sunlight.
– Average to evenly moist conditions are best for its growth, but it will not tolerate standing water.
– It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt.
– It is highly tolerant of urban pollution.

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