Alliums (Ornimental Onions)
Alliums, (otherwise known as Ornimental Onions), are hybrids that have been bred for their wide variety of colours and flower head sizes. Originally native to the northern hemisphere, the Allium is a genus of perennial bulbous plants that produce a chemical called cysteine sulfoxide - this chemical gives the allium the unpleasant odour of onions! (Stronger in some varieties than others).
Fresh cut alliums are wholesaled in wraps of 10 stems and are available in stem lengths of 60 - 100cm depending on variety and grade. Alliums are often used in contempory & modern flower arrangements due to their sculptured, spherical flower heads. Alliums are not so popular in wedding flowers because of their unpleasant oniony smell!
Most alliums are available between March and the end of June, but Allium Sphaerocephalon is available from June through to December.
General Availability Chart
To get the best from your wholesale cut alliums please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the alliums in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the alliums in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.