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    Default Replanting home grown garlic

    My garlic are starting to die back and I'll be lifting them in the next few weeks. Can I keep a few bulbs back for planting out in the Autumn and if so, how is it best to store them until they go into the ground?

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    yep - keep aside the biggest bulbs, and plant the biggest cloves from the bulbs. This years big cloves = next years big bulbs.

    Store like you do the others for eating - i.e. strung up in cool garage, say. - but remember not to eat those you want to plant next time!
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    Funny you should say - and I'll be posting my garlic results later this week - but the biggest final harvest came from the smallest clove this year [they were all weighed before and after]...just 4g produced a 256g final bulb. Interesting.....possibly a total fluke but when I analyse the results I may know more.


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    I have some cloves that seemt o have bursted out, these were grown from bought (not supermarket) garlic bulbs, when is the best time to plant these?

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    I had one garlic bulb that didn't split, can I replant this and still get a good batch next year? Or is it best to just eat it?

    I only grew elephant garlic, all in the same bed and only one didn't come true. Any reason why this happens, or is it just one of those things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlck9 View Post
    I have some cloves that seemt o have bursted out, these were grown from bought (not supermarket) garlic bulbs, when is the best time to plant these?
    Anytime from Sept to Dec is good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dottie View Post
    I had one garlic bulb that didn't split, can I replant this and still get a good batch next year? Or is it best to just eat it?

    I only grew elephant garlic, all in the same bed and only one didn't come true. Any reason why this happens, or is it just one of those things?
    Yes, put it back in and hopefully it should split once it starts growing again.


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    Zazen I know your a bit of an expert with garlic and onions.

    So could you tell me what would happen if I decide to leave a garlic bulb in the ground, to flower every year? As in would it give more than one flower? Or is it best to dig up each year, split and replant in a new location, like I have/will this year?

    At the moment I'm digging them up, splitting them to increase my stock and will be planting them in autumn for a nice flower next year. Thinking of planting a bed up with red onions and elephant garlic down the middle, allowing them to flower for a show of lovely big heads.

    It was very tempting from reading books and seeing lots of chat on here about eating scapes, to cut mine. But I wanted to see them flower and just hoped I still get a reasonable crop of garlic. Turned out fine, although maybe the garlic would have been bigger if it hadn't flowered? Although my cloves are bigger than the pack I bought last year, which cost 2.99 for 4 cloves.

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    I have about 10 garlics that I've put aside to do just that.....I use the ones that don't bulb up though....but I have no idea yet whether they will produce one flower a year or more.

    The Alliums that we leave to grow every year only produce one flower; so possibly if they are still attached at the base you'll only get one flower until they grow big enough to unattach and become a separate item.

    Incidentally, leeks produce bigger flowers, which are taller and last longer before going over to seed. My biggest leek flower was as tall as me this year. I'm still waiting for all the leeks to produce seed; they are taking absolutley ages. In the same timeframe, the chives flowered, went to seed, were chopped back, flowered again, went to seed again, were chopped back and are now producing the 3rd flush of flowers this year......


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