maybe better idea is to replant garlic from biggest tubers, like this you will not go to negative sellection.....
Nah, if they're anything like shallots planting big bulbs will give lots of small ones the next year and planting small ones will give a few fat bulbs (or one in the case of Cholcombe one :lol, so it will alternate. Or if you want both big and small plant a little of both...
No sexual reproduction involved when planting from bulb; same genetics repeated
yes but sellection doesnt mean there must be sexual reproduction. and genetics is so simple. there are genes that interact with external conditions for plant growth, and "tell" plant how much to grow according to those i next generation. this is how we ended up today in situation where domesticated plants are so advanced that for some we cant find their original ancestors. sexual reproduction plays important role in this, but doesnt mean plant will stay same forever.
"Joe Capriotti doesn’t plant garlic, but every year he harvests hundreds of pounds from his backyard in Montesano, Wash. His technique goes against the common practice of planting and harvesting garlic each year as if it were an annual plant. Most people don’t realize that garlic can be grown as a perennial."
i've been meaning to try it since i came across the idea several years ago. just planted garlic today actually! i'm not sure if it works better w/elephant garlic (thats what the guy in the article uses).
Perhaps true garlic can grow in the same way?
I found some elephant garlic bulbs flowering in my parents' garden last year. They have been growing there for at least 20 years, since before my parents moved in, so I'd say they are naturalised here. Of course I've taken a backup of that genetic material to my garden now
Unlike the article, I don't even till the soil. It is planted in a raised bed with good garden soil. All I've added is one application of woodchips, one light dusting of wood ashes, and a few applications of grass pulled from the edge of the garden bed. My parents thoroughly weed the area a few times a year, since it is mixed in with their ornamental flower beds. No manure or other fertilizer added, and I the majority of the garlic grows to medium sized heads every year.
All I do is pinch the flower heads aka scapes when they form, pull out about 1/4 to 1/2 of the heads, and leave the rest to
PS- with flower heads; even if you harvest them immaturely, (before the baby garlic bulbils form) they will often continue to grow and form the bulbils, which you can plant. So I suggest keeping them around if you don't eat them. The bulbils take 2-4 years to grow a full head but hey, it's a good way to multiply your crop.
Did you use elephant garlic or regular garlic? Store bought or from an official vendor? Hard or softneck?
I had that happen to me as well and I dont remember what kind of garlic it was LOL. I also pulled up some small onions last year that were grown from seed and didn't really turn into a full bulb, I replanted some and left others in the ground. This year they grew to complete bulbs! What is strange is that they were supposed to be red bunching onions, so Im assuming that red bunching just means that its a regular onion you can grow close together and harvest early AKA a marketing gimic?
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I also pulled up some small onions last year that were grown from seed and didn't really turn into a full bulb, I replanted some and left others in the ground. This year they grew to complete bulbs! What is strange is that they were supposed to be red bunching onions, so Im assuming that red bunching just means that its a regular onion you can grow close together and harvest early AKA a marketing gimic?
More or less. Well, not exactly a gimmick. What most people mean by bunching onions is scallion-stage onions.
There are, however, evergreen or everready bunching onions of the Welsh type and Japanese type. (The Welsh type is supposedly originally from the orient, sometimes the name is used interchangeably with the Japanese type.) What makes these 'bunching onions' isn't just an immature stage. They never bulb up, merely divide endlessly, much like shallots. Basically perpetual scallions. Cool, huh?
I just found that out today, after spending about three days puzzling over a couple seed catalog descriptions, and rereading a short section of an onion book until it gave up and made sense. lol
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