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Cross-Pollination

I have several different types of alliums growing. If I plant similar ones close, will I have cross-pollination issues? The common chives need to be moved to the same 4’ by 4’ space where the garlic chives are. There are also red-blush scallions and long red onions growing about four feet away. Will this result in odd combinations?

Posted almost 6 years ago
TropicanaRoses

TropicanaRoses

Folia Helper

United States7

I imagine that they could cross pollenate and produce different seed. I would not worry about the onions though, as you will pick them at the end of the season, and buy sets again next year, am I right?
The chives might do it, but I can’t imagine that it would make that much difference in the taste, although this is a new experience for me. :)

Posted almost 6 years ago

I’m growing my onions from seeds not sets; I have some seed left and don’t intend to seed-save. Does cross-pollination only affect future generations? If so, Im probably okay. I’ll keep the chives apart, just in case.

Posted almost 6 years ago
TropicanaRoses

TropicanaRoses

Folia Helper

United States7

That is what I have been told by more veteran gardeners than myself. :) What zone are you?

Posted almost 6 years ago

I’m zone 7 – Mid Atlantic States. The weather here is rather unpredictable. June has been rainy and relatively cool. It’s been an education in fungi!

Posted almost 6 years ago

Hi there! You're reading a conversation in the Garlics, onions, chives, etc. group on Folia.