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Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:47

Hello Clarington, another site with comprehensive descriptions of the various garlic varieties -


Garlic bulbs for winter or spring?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:04

Hello Mrs Mason, it appears that Casablanca is a hardneck garlic which requires both winter chilling and lengthening daylight hours to trigger clove formation as Zoomer mentions.  If you've not already planted them, refrigerate them for a couple of weeks and then plant them. The resulting bulbs may only produce rounds (undivdied cloves) and if you can resist eating everything that you grow, the rounds ought to produce humongous bulbs if you replant them in autumn. Softneck garlic - artichoke and silverskins are less dependant on cold weather to trigger clove formation and can be planted in spring but may yield smaller bulbs than if autumn planted. Welshonion - perhaps you have only grown soft neck garlic varieties? Most hardnecks varieties (excepting Creole perhaps) grow best in colder climates and definitely require winter chilling for good sized differentiated bulbs. This is a good link to an overview of the primary garlic groups


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:53

Hello Moggy, depending on the variety of garlic that you've planted, there can be a window of between six to eight weeks that your garlic can be harvested. I use a combination of factors - when there are at least 4-6 leaves still green (bearing in mind that each green leaf is a bulb wrapper); when the bulbs have clearly defined cloves (gently scrape away the dirt to check on the progress of the bulb and cover up again until it's ready) and/or if they're hardnecks, when the scapes unfurl plus the above. If that's all too much trouble, then as welshonion suggests, just lift one and use it as green garlic I'd be wary of leaving your harvested garlic in the sun for too long, the bulbs can get sunburnt and won't keep as well. Here's a link to a good site with a guide to the harvesting order of the various garlic varieties

my garlic has only just started to emerge - two of the early harvesting Turbans have shoots about 3" long just peeping out from under their mulch of pea straw another long six month wait before anything will be ready to lift!

Fungus spray for seedings

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:49

hello Clueless, I've found spraying a strong infusion of chamomile tea is helpful for preventing damping off. mist your seedlings with the tea instead of plain water.


Posted: 19/11/2013 at 17:24

hello Barbro, garlic is normally planted in autumn as it needs a period of cold weather to trigger bulb formation and needs up to 9 months in the ground. I'm in NZ and plant my garlic in April/May and harvest end Dec through to beginning of February depending on the variety. The undivided bulbs are called rounds and can be eaten or kept for replanting. 

Garlic planting

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 18:34

if you haven't eaten all the undivided bulbs (rounds), you can replant any that are a reasonable size or equivalent weight to your largest cloves. I deliberately plant the bulbils from hardneck garlic in spring to harvest rounds for replanting in autumn - it's an inexpensive way to increase your stock although it takes a few seasons to grow out to normal sized bulbs. On the plus side, that gives time for the garlic to acclimate to your growing conditions. 


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 19:42

hello David, if you still have the bulbils from your garlic, it's worth replanting them in autumn as an inexpensive way of increasing your stock. They will likely only produce small bulbs or undivided rounds the first year. Here is a link to a blog about growing bulbils - scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see the photo of an artichoke variety of garlic that's bolted - sounds like the description of your garlic

Harvesting spuds, onions & garlic

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 19:38

garlic is normally planted in autumn as it needs a period of cold to trigger clove formation and is in the ground for up to 9 months. it is ready to harvest when all but the top 5-6 leaves have turned brown (each leaf is a bulb wrapper and the bulbs keep better with more wrappers). If the leaves on your garlic are starting to die down, gently scrape the dirt away from around a bulb to see whether it is ready to lift.  You may only get rounds this year - undifferentiated bulbs.  If you were given hardneck garlic, that's usually ready to lift when the scapes unfurl.

Garlic bulblets

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 23:39

hello swedboy, the bulbils are a great way to increase your stock if you're patient - they take 2-3 years to grow into regular sized bulbs but well worth the effort.  if you search growing garlic bulbils you'll find endless hours of interesting reading material. here are just a couple 


Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:49
mole2 my autumn planted garlic is now going to seed was this caused by the warm march and cold april is there anything i can do to retrieve the situation

this reply is too late to be of help but for future reference there are different varieties of garlic and all hardnecks send up a scape which has an umbel with bulbils inside. Garlic doesn't produce true seed without a lot of intervention but that's a whole separate discussion in itself - just search "true garlic seed" for more on this fascinating topic. As for the scape, there are are two schools of thought whether to cut them or not - they are delicious to eat if cut before they unfurl and are still tender; and you get marginally bigger bulbs.  However, many growers prefer to leave them to develop as they are a good indication of when to harvest (when the scapes straighten) & store for longer. So no you didn't do anything wrong, it's normal for garlic to send up a scape.


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