cross pollination of onions and garlic?

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  1. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    i have 4 varieties of walking onions, 4 varieties of garlic and some shallots. should i worry about cross pollination if they are planted close?
     
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    In order for something to cross-pollinate, there must be a flower. Although both walking onions and garlic may have what appears to be a blossom, they will not produce a viable seed. Even when planted as bulbils, the resultant garlic bulb will always be true to its parent plant.

    Certain shallots will produce seeds but they are usually onions rather than true shallots. True shallots and potato onions are normally only propagated by bulb division.

    Martin
     

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