Ed Waters wrote:We sold ramps for years. Would dig them on another persons property and sell them to restaurants. The chefs would cut off the the bottoms just above the roots and save them for us. We would replant the root bottoms on our property in the shade and next year would have a plant all leafed out. They seem to propogate at a rate of about 2-3 per one. Season is short in NY. Usually starts April 1 and may last for 5-6 weeks. Ours never grew as large on our property. Where we dug them was very rich soil and south facing. Same plant but the leaves are 30% smaller.
Originally we bought seeds but they never grew.
Ruth Meyers wrote:Not what you'd expect from an allium. Mine are just two leaves yet, not bunches.
leila hamaya wrote:too scatterbrained to google you up a pic, but the wild garlic (presumably allium canadense, though theres a few other species that sometimes get called "wild garlic") is thin in it's leaves, and ramps have nice fat leaves =) and are...milder/ better tasting IMHO.
Daron Williams wrote:Has anyone tried growing them in Western WA? I was thinking about adding some to one of my food forests next year. Not sure how they will do here...
Roy Long wrote:You might consider raising the soil level where you plant a bit and use soil that drains well just to be sure. In the forest settings that I have seen the ramps collected from (albeit youtube video) the forest soils tend to be well draining and "not" wet. If you added in 10 or 12 inches of well draining soil just under the edge of a tree or other cover to keep it out of direct heavy rain "try to recreate the idea of naturally growing in a forest" and I imagine you should do alright.
These grow in Britain as well and they also have a very wet climate, though they use the term "wild garlic", "wood leek" or "wild leek" rather than "ramp".
David Huang wrote:For what it's worth, in the wild I only find them abundant in mature forests, generally of maple and beech trees. What seems most important is the mature, old growth part. None the less I'm trying to grow some here on my less than mature property. I'm not sure what it is about the mature forests that make them ideal, if they have altered soil fertility, or if it's just the lack of significant "weed" pressure under the dense canopy most of the year. Perhaps it's something else all together.