Is it too late to plant elephant garlic in zone 5?

sheeshshe1(5a)May 8, 2012

I just picked some up and thought maybe it was too late to get anything decent in my zone. If so, can I freeze it or something until the fall?

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denninmi(8a)

You can plant it now, it won't do much, but will survive, go through its life cycle, and with proper care and growing conditions, a year from now will produce a quality bulb.

It REALLY needs to be planted in the fall. The plant is influenced by day length and temperature, and, just as if you tried to plant a tulip bulb in the spring, it won't perform as it should.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:11PM
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sheeshshe1(5a)

Can I keep it in the fridge/freezer so it won't beak out of dormancy and then plant it in the fall?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 8:15AM
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sheeshshe1(5a)

anyone know if I can save it till the fall?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 12:21PM
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denninmi(8a)

Possibly. I've had them hold quite a long time. I don't know if there is a definitive answer one way or the other. If you can get them to store in the fridge and not rot, it would probably work.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 12:29PM
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stuffradio

Keeping it in the fridge DOES break its dormancy. That's why you plant in the fall, because it needs a cold period to start sprouting. That's why you don't keep it in the fridge.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:48PM
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