[NAFEX] My experience with Elephant Garlic

Raby, Brian brian.raby at roche.com
Tue Jun 16 08:56:51 EDT 2009

Question:  How do you plant garlic bulbs?  Are they just like onion bulbs where they are just pushed into the top layer of the soil or are they planted deeper than that?

Hortonville, IN

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From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of nottke1
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 8:25 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] My experience with Elephant Garlic

Good info from Lon.
I live just an hour west of you and I have grown elephant garlic for about 12 years.  I harvest mine in late June - probably because I am a half zone cooler than you.  
I gather every one of the little bulblets as I dig the crop, and then immediately replant them and cover with mulch.  In a damp year, most of them come up and result in very large single bulbs the next year, some are over 2 inches across.  The smaller of these single bulbs I use in cooking - they do not cure and keep as well as the conventional cloves.  The largest single bulbs I replant and they give the largest standard type cloves the next year.  
Last year I planted mostly large single bulbs and only a few of the large cloves.  Will dig the crop in a week or two and learn how it did.
Lon is right, I had a friend who ate the largest and planted the smallest, and in a few years was complaining about how small his garlic had become.
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>From: Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
>Sent: Jun 15, 2009 12:44 PM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: [NAFEX] Elephant garlic question OT
>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

Jim Nottke
Pfafftown, NC
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