this week as i was inspecting my leeks, i noticed that one of them had baby leeklets growing at the top of the flower stalk!!! i had no idea they did this, but apparently it can happen if all the flowers are trimmed from (or eaten off of) the head. this is a gamechanger. unfortunately, the one with the leeklets was a scrawny fella, but i potted them up anyway, and then i trimmed the flowers off of a much more robust leek. hopefully that one will make some babies. that patch is almost 1.5 years old now. it kind-of looks shaggy.
also, i planted rakkyo (allium chinense) last fall, and they're flowering just about now. in my effort to understand them better, i found this book that explains in detail how different plants act at different times of year. i'm in love with it.https://books.google.com/books?id=2I_uB ... yo&f=false
i'm really having to baby my fleener's topsetting onion. the foliage is so delicate, and i haven't gotten a scape this year. i have only 2 plants. eeeek.
i also have white potato onion. that seemed to only split into 2 bulbs each. :-( they also all flowered from each half. i'm leaving them in the ground for now. i still need to do research on how to handle that one. maybe next year i'll do the flower trimming technique to see if they make babies.
similarly, i have tokyo bunching and evergreen onions. because they flowered, the patch doesn't seem to have gotten any bigger. at least the flower stalk is to the side of any new side bulbs and not growing out of the middle. :-( this also will get trimmed flowers
and finally grey shallot. from 5 bulbs last fall, i have an abundance of tiny bulbs that are going in the ground this fall. i fear i might become deliciously overrun.