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yes this can happen. First time I tried only very small bulbs. This time better than last time because it was a summer batch. Need to water frequently, need to use nutrient in the water to boost output. I wouldn't go as far to use hormones or anything like that (haven't tried this). What is interesting is the cloves is different from the flower which can also be planted. One is asexual other is heterogeneous. I think that is what I read maybe mistaken?

Also, where entire bulb is one clove is called elephant garlic.


I think you may have misunderstood what you read - I certainly am confused by what you've said 

Really? I was reading an article on it in the i newspaper about a year ago. I think it may be available online and same article also appeared in the Independent.

Trouble is I think online version truncated therefore not all info available that I got with printed version. See the pic though, he keeps the flowerheads on the crop. I think he said a reason for not removing them but I can't remember what it was now. The person I work with likes decapitating them even though I said not to.


ok, thanks i got frustrated when i couldn't find the info i was looking for (i thought i was turning into some kind of an idiot).

I have never had much success with growing garlic. I grow them in raised beds should this be a problem and if not is it alright to add manure to the compost or will this make the soil too rich

I have just planted some garlic cloves in deep troughs in my greenhouse.  Can you please tell me if, because they are not open to the environment, should I water the soil occasionally before they start to show actual growth.

I planted the whole bulb without breaking it up - is that a problem?

Gardener Graham , I did the same the first time I planted garlic , it did grow but not very well

If you have only just planted it dig it up and replant , if not buy some more 

best of luck 


you should never plant garlic in a greenhouse, they need at least 40 days of cold to make them separate into cloves, you should also break up into cloves as each clove becomes a bulb.

I stick mine in the ground (improved heavy clay soil)  5 inches apart and twice the cloves depth outside (in NE England) between Halloween and bonfire night and leave them to it, I mulch with a 1 inch layer of compost in March to control the weeds and lift them when half the leaves have gone brown.

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