Time to take the loss on garlic?


NigelJ

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If the leaves have died off that's it for this year, the bulbs will get no bigger I'd reveiw the variety I was growing to see if there was one more suited to my local conditions.
 
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When did you plant and what did you fertilize with? Did you plant grocery store cloves?
 
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Grocery store cloves are usually treated with a growth inhibitor to prolong shelf life. That results in small bulbs.

Try again in October with some seed cloves from a nursery :)
 

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Grocery store cloves are usually treated with a growth inhibitor to prolong shelf life. That results in small bulbs.

Try again in October with some seed cloves from a nursery :)
I did use a store bought clove that has sprouted. I started them in February and used a basic 10-10-10 fertilizer (don’t recall the brand name). It makes sense that the bulbs would be tiny now that you mention the growth inhibitor bit.
 
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Damned phytohormones. Still, as a famous eater of garlic, there are so many types, and some have HUGE bulbs. No need to settle for the tiny ones.
 
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Garlic should be planted on the shortest day (UK terms = 21 December) which will expose it to low winter temperatures - and then harvested on the longest day (UK terms -- 21 June). It does like to feel a hard frost/bit of a freeze over winter. That's the traditional wisdom any way. February may simply have been too warm to have given it the best start in life.
Nice haul @headfullofbees
 

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