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GROWING GARLIC FROM BULBILS
Planting bulbils is an excellent way to increase and invigorate your garlic crop.
Marbled Purple Stripe
Bulbils are vegetative clones of the garlic plant that they grew on.
When a hardneck garlic plant reaches its full height, it will produce a scape. A scape is a flower stalk which grows up the centre of the plant and droops over at the top or forms a few curls before ending in a flower umbel. When left on the plant, bulbils will form and grow in the flower umbel and it will soon open into sometimes wild displays of tendrils.
Depending on the variety, a single capsule can contain anywhere from a few very large bulbils that approach the size of cloves, to hundreds of bulbils that are the size of a grain of rice.
Weekly Bolting and Artichoke types sometimes form 1-
Expand and Invigorate your Crop
Planting, Caring, Harvesting & Curing
Garlic bulbils can be planted in the fall or spring with good results. Select and prepare a site with fine-
Bulbs often emerge later than the main crop in the spring. Foliar feed, weed, thin and water as needed. Harvest your bulbils after their first growing season when the plant begins to dry and fade. Smaller varieties can be harvested with some ease using a screen as sometime the top growth will disappear all together as they mature in the summer sun.
Small bulbils will grow into thin grass-
Many varieties will produce a single undifferentiated “round” clove that can be the size of a grape or bigger than a golf ball – when replanted, large rounds can produce premium bulbs the following year.
The largest bulbils will grow a more recognizable garlic plant and form small bulbs in the first year. In the second year, they will produce good-
Cure your year-
Examples of bulbils by garlic group
‘Duganskij’ (marbled purple stripe) bulb grown in two years from a bulbil.
|Marbled & Glazed Purple Stripe|
|Growing from Bulbs|
|Growing from Bulbils|