Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:49
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.