garlic question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by gobug, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. gobug

    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Boy, I haven't visited this gardening forum for a long time. I guess I'm embarrassed that I have neglected my garden all summer. In fact, I didn't even water once. Summers are like that for me. I get the garden planted then the job keeps me away.

    Anyway, to get to the question. I planted garlic two seasons ago. Although I did harvest some, that which remained went to seed like onions. The little balls of seeds are about the diameter of a quarter or a little larger. Each ball has about a dozen "seeds". Can I plant these now?
     
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    OK Bug, put on your learnin' cap! Those balls of seeds are called scapes. All hardneck/rocambole garlic send those up. Softneck/artichoke garlic usually don't produce scapes but may do so under stress. Those little thingies which you call seeds are bulbils. Don't call them bulblets but most gardeners would know what you are talking about if you did.

    Yes, you should plant them now. Minimum 6" spacing just as if they were a clove. And at least an inch over them. However, don't expect to dig up a large divided bulb next summer. In most cases, all you will get is what is called a round. That is, a simple round bulb with no divisions. That may then be used for cooking just as any regular garlic clove. However, if those rounds are then planted back next fall, you'll get some really big divided bulbs the following year.

    Martin
     

  3. gobug

    gobug Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks Martin. I will do as you advise. This will work great, as I will plant them at the new property and let them go. I bet I have a quart, so that will be quite a garlic garden.
     
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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Culinary rule:
    If it don't have chocolate it must have garlic!! :D
     
  5. gobug

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    Sue, that is the truth. I can't think of anything that isn't better with one or the other.