Elephant garlic going to seed

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Elephant garlic going to seed

Postby Primrose » Mon May 21, 2018 9:34 am

Noticed a few of mine starting to blow. I have watered but possibly Insufficiently as the past couple of weeks have been very dry and our soil dries out very quickly.
Will giving them all a really good soak now help prevent most of them now going to seed or is this probably inevitable?
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Re: Elephant garlic going to seed

Postby Westi » Mon May 21, 2018 8:01 pm

I don't know Primrose but I've had to nip flower buds off my onions from sets as well, especially the brown ones. I will just be vigilant & keep my fingers crossed, but nature kindly gave them a big hour long downpour complete with thunder & lightening this afternoon so that might stall them. I'm impressed by their size for this time of the year but that aren't anywhere big enough. Fingers crossed for both of us!
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Re: Elephant garlic going to seed

Postby robo » Mon May 21, 2018 8:59 pm

I've had to pull a few seed heads of my onions but only three up to date , we had rain forecast for eight and nine o'clock then it was cancelled but the skies are very dark and ominous at present
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Re: Elephant garlic going to seed

Postby sally wright » Tue May 22, 2018 9:46 pm

Dear Primrose,
elephant garlic whilst not a true garlic grows in the same way as a hardneck type and so produces a flower head as part of it's normal growing cycle. For larger cloves you can remove the flower head but they are rather pretty and do not seem to reduce the yield much for me so I tend to leave them. That said, if you are in an area that is marginal for garlic then do remove the flowers.
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