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Old 09/02/11, 04:19 PM
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what kind of garlic do they grow in china?

I bought some garlic to grow 4-5 years ago. I've grown it here for awhile. It kind of reminds me of Italian purple. It was marked grown in china when i bought it.

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Old 09/02/11, 05:46 PM
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It was most likely grown with the American market in mind so it could be just about anything that we would grow here.

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Just about ALL of the garlic sold here is marked from China. Have you ever noticed how blemish free it is??? Makes me wonder what kind of chemical things they might use. I've started growing my own again because of it.

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Just about ALL of the garlic sold here is marked from China. Have you ever noticed how blemish free it is??? Makes me wonder what kind of chemical things they might use. I've started growing my own again because of it.
First, sadly, China's garlic is known to be grown in human sewerage contaminated ground, they spray anti fungal and a preservative to retard it from sprouting, I would not buy it ever! You do not need to buy Garlic grown outside of the USA. There are choices if you check your labels and also organic. I grow my own and highly recommend this to everyone else too. They will grow in pots, tires anything you put a good fertile well draining soil in and full sun...

Here is a not so pretty right out the ground, brushed a little dirt off Garlic.



Here is the same type with the outer dry wrapper off



Garlic that is pesticide free and untreated stores wonderfully and last me all winter and into the summer! No reason to put anything on it nature didn't.. No they are not perfect but they have a taste...oh nothing quite like it! Your own garlic...yummy Aren't you glad you grow again?
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There is nothing that can be sprayed on garlic to prevent it from sprouting. Chinese garlic is just as likely to sprout in the store as American garlic will. One may find some bulbs where the roots are trimmed too close and the base of the cloves are damaged. That's because of zero soil allowance from any country.

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WHY would anybody want garlic shipped all the way from China?? I had good success growing garlic, first time out, even though we had a long, wet spring & hot, dry July. It is sold embarrassingly cheaply hereabouts at farm markets, too. Sue

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I will have to check where my garlic comes from. I plant the garlic from the store. This may be a little off topic, but does anyone know why garlic prices in the stored doubled and tripled since last year? I could not afford to plant garlic last year and I have rarely been able to afford to buy some for cooking.

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I will have to check where my garlic comes from. I plant the garlic from the store. This may be a little off topic, but does anyone know why garlic prices in the stored doubled and tripled since last year? I could not afford to plant garlic last year and I have rarely been able to afford to buy some for cooking.
You do know once you have some of it even if it is store bought you can save your own seed right?
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Old 09/03/11, 12:25 PM
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There is nothing that can be sprayed on garlic to prevent it from sprouting. Chinese garlic is just as likely to sprout in the store as American garlic will. One may find some bulbs where the roots are trimmed too close and the base of the cloves are damaged. That's because of zero soil allowance from any country.

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Back when I first started my garden i didn't know that you could get garlic starts from the producers on the web, so I bought some from wal-mart. I think they had California white. 6 bulbs of that planted my small patch and grew quite well for a few years. Till they froze out one year.
So your right they do not put any thing on them to stop sprouting.
As far as buying the Chinesse garlic for starts, i have done it twice. it was a small net tube of 5 bulbs for $1. Soft neck I think. Currently I have the 4th generation grown from those starts. Was the contaminants on those that I bought, maybe. But the stuff we are using grown from those probably doesn't have very much left on them, if any.
Now most of my garlic that I grow is from Martin. Unfortunetly I mixed up the labels on them, so once a year i try to figure out the varietys in an attept to make sure i continue to grow all the varietys. Sadly the pictures on the web and my garlic don't look much alike. Then to top it off, my computer crashed and the information on the variety's i had named was lost.
i am thinking i might take a sample of each of them to a grower near her and see if he can help me identify them once and for all. One of the varietys is producing a 4 inch bulb now. So I would love to know the name of it.
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You do know once you have some of it even if it is store bought you can save your own seed right?
Seeds from the flower head, or cloves from the bulb?


I have no luck getting my garlic to head in my container garden, and the few times that it worked I had to leave the garlic in the ground a long, long time. What I do, or what I use to do when garlic was cheaper, is that I plant them in fall and harvest the garlic tops in early spring. I just eat the tops and usually make a strong pesto out of the tops. I have to do it this way because I need to clear the garlic out of my tiny garden in early spring to make way for my spring plantings of my other crops.
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Seeds from the flower head, or cloves from the bulb?


I have no luck getting my garlic to head in my container garden, and the few times that it worked I had to leave the garlic in the ground a long, long time. What I do, or what I use to do when garlic was cheaper, is that I plant them in fall and harvest the garlic tops in early spring. I just eat the tops and usually make a strong pesto out of the tops. I have to do it this way because I need to clear the garlic out of my tiny garden in early spring to make way for my spring plantings of my other crops.
So You don't have enough room to leave even 3 bulbs grown from the cloves to maturity. I think i would have to make room just so i have my own starts.
We grow garlic greens to. But usually we stick the smallest cloves in the ground in the fall and pull the whole plant in early spring.
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Is three enough? I usually plant the cloves from ten heads in the fall.

I guess I could find the room for three. It would be fun to try.

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Is three enough? I usually plant the cloves from ten heads in the fall.

I guess I could find the room for three. It would be fun to try.
I guess that's up to you, but i would find enough room so you are growing your own seed/starters., Garlic seems to be getting more expensive and hard to come by.
What I saw at the grocery store was terrible last week.
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I am going to try it.

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WHY would anybody want garlic shipped all the way from China??
It's because of the suitable acreage not even being able to come close to satisfy the demand. Even the California processors must have garlic hauled from Washington and Oregon. Besides, there are a lot of real neat varieties which originated in China and some are making their way onto the North American marketplace. Even the Chinese know that the everyday California Early is the bottom of the barrel insofar as garlic taste goes but they have to grow it to satisfy the market.

As for the previous mention of how clean they are, We Grow Garlic was selling garlic for both planting and eating until this year. When sold for eating, it had to be squeaky clean without a speck of dirt. At harvest time last year, there were up to a dozen people washing and removing one or two layers of skin from each individual bulb. Even at minimum farm labor wage for high school students, that was the biggest expense after postage. That was eliminated this year in favor of just pressure washing whole piles and there is no longer a mention of having the option of planting or eating. Just like seed potatoes, there can also be some dirt on seed garlic.

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Romy - What kind of HUGE garlic is that in the photo?????? Kim

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I don't think there is many dishes that get cooked with out garlic or a country that doesn't use garlic. So I can see that the demand would be very high.

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I don't think there is many dishes that get cooked with out garlic or a country that doesn't use garlic. So I can see that the demand would be very high.
Yep! I started working on a huge batch of spaghetti sauce last night. Began cooking down 9 gallons with an eventual goal of about 36-40 pints to can. For the "it's in there" solid bits, used 24 small cloves from volunteers. That will figure out to about 2/3rd clove per pint. Just about right!

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Romy - What kind of HUGE garlic is that in the photo?????? Kim
The garlic in my pics was an experiment, I planted good cloves from my German Purple Striped Hardneck Variety in January of this year, I harvested those size this past week! I had planted them in a salvaged piece of a black heavy plastic compost bin I found floating in the water, I placed that in the open sun off of our 240 embankment and filled it with good soil. I was very happy with the result as we had a cool summer, the black plastic really turned up the heat for them.

I am glad you like the size, I was quite happy with them.
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I bet they would do good in tires then.

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