Garlic Query

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Garlic Query

Postby haggis » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:57 pm

Just been up to the plot and some of the garlic is dying back. I lifted 3 or 4 plants and noticed that there is secondary growth of mini cloves sometimes just above the bulb and on other plants a few inches up the stem. What has happened?
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Re: Garlic Query

Postby adam-alexander » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:08 am

Hi, When did you plant your garlic? If it was winter planted you may have delayed harvesting a bit too long so the bulbs have started re-growth. The old saying with garlic is 'plant on the shortest day - harvest on the longest'

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Re: Garlic Query

Postby Nature's Babe » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:20 am

Sounds like you have garlic pips you could try growing from these mini bulbs
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Re: Garlic Query

Postby haggis » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:10 pm

A-a, yes it was winter planted so I guess that may be the reason. My usual practice of adding on 2-4 weeks because we are so far North seems to have backfired this time.
NB - pips will be taken off and sown in pots in greenhouse!

Thanks for your replies.
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Re: Garlic Query

Postby Mike Vogel » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:54 pm

I've read [from the Garlic Farm?] that it is better to be too early harvesting than too late. I also suggest that the maxim of shortest and longest days applies to later rather than earlier varieties.
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