[NAFEX] Elephant garlic question OT

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Jun 15 13:46:59 EDT 2009

  Those little bulbils can be  used for propagation, but it takes two 
years to get a full bulb.  Re-plant them and the first year you'll get  
the equivalent of one large clove.  The next year that "clove" will 
become a full bulb.   Traditionally, Elephant garlic is propagated only 
from the biggest cloves from the biggest bulbs.  Elephant Garlic (by 
that name) was found on a farm here in Oregon and given it's name by N. 
P. Nichols, who started Nichols Garden Nursery.  I've got  a story 
about it I'll send offlist  if  you want it.
-Lon Rombough
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On Jun 15, 2009, at 9:44 AM, Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov wrote:

I am asking here, because I cannot find information elsewhere.

I just harvested my elephant garlic yesterday. Each bulb had a tiny
'cloves' at many of the roots.  They were separate from the main bulb
and very small.
Can I use these to propagate more elephant garlic, or are they best used
for cooking?

Thanks for any information, this is my third year growing this garlic
and the first time I had noticed this phenomenon.

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC

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