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    My elephant garlic planted last November has bolted.

    Am I right in thinking that it's not unusual for elephant garlic to do this and that I can just cut off the scape and leave the bulb in situ, then harvest when the leaves start to die back?
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    Mine have bolted too and that's what I plan to let it do. Scrapes were tasty
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    Ellie garlic always bolts for me, the scapes can be either cut for the kitchen or left for the bees and used later as dried flowers. Last year I had two rows next to each other, I cut the scapes from half the plants in each row on opposite ends and couldn't tell any difference in the bulbs when harvested.

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    Elephant garlic will always flower. You can let them grow and eat or cut them off. I cut most of them off and just eat A few. I believe that if you let them flower the bulb will be smaller but like Mr Bones I haven't been able to tell the difference yet.
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    I have a few growing from the corms - I expect that they'll flower next year when they start splitting into cloves.
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    Are they just single rounds? They will be huge next year.

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    They're the little corms you get at the bottom of the heads. This year they should make the single clove bulb and next year they should go on to make the multi clove head.

    Just want to see if it's worth the extra year and the uncertainty of them germinating.

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    Hi all,

    my understanding is that elephant garlic is a hard neck variety and they will always flower. As to what to do with the flower I do not know, makes sense to snip it off so the bulb gets all the nutrients.
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