What went wrong with my garlic?

staceypeaOctober 19, 2010

Hello wise ones!

I planted garlic last autumn for the first time-- long-neck elephant stuff that was supposedly primo for my region (COLD!). It came up perfectly, but seemed to have dried out too soon. I got nervous and pulled up a bulb when the stalk was 80% dry to find a perfectly grown bulb with only 3 (fully sized) cloves. I let the rest of it go as long as I could-- about half of it dried up and died, so I salvaged the rest, and again, only about 3-4 cloves per bulb.

I mulched it over well before the frost last winter, kept it watered, but not too much. It had plenty of sun. Ring a bell to anybody?? I'd love to have some idea before I put this year's down.

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Do you know what variety it was that you grew?

I found this info at the link below:

The hardneck varieties do well in the cooler Canadian climates. Hardneck refers to the scape, or flower stalk, with its topset of bulbils. Hardnecks take a little more care to grow because they need to be hand planted right side up, and to have their scapes snipped off. They repay that effort with a wealth of large bulbs and a dazzling choice of robust and subtle, intriguing and delicious flavours.

If you don't get an answer here, you might also try asking at The Allium Forum


Here is a link that might be useful: Garlic varieties

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 9:52AM
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