pro-tip: Don't give up on old seeds that didn't germinate immediately
I was checking on the seedlings I planted this spring, digging them up so I can space them out and replant them. I noticed about a dozen new seedling that have just recently sprouted from seeds that were dropped on the soil 6+ months ago. I'm guessing the hot summer prevented them from germinating, and they decided to sprout now that the temperature has started cooling off.
I always thought I agreed with Groucho: that I'd never belong to any club that would have me as a member. But that's all changed. I'm in the TGS club, and I think I like it here. (I guess that makes me a bad Marxist...)
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. -Mark 4:27 niv
Thought I would let people here know that the first TGS garlic to be made available in Australia is Perhonnen Kahdesta, released by Tasmanian Gourmet Garlic, 5 years from seed. Its heritage is SPS x MPS
Here's the seed grown garlic that made it to harvest. Now I need to look up what to do with it so it lasts through dormancy.
I'm certainly no expert, but I left my seedlings in the ground. I live in NC where the summers are hot and winters are mild. They kept growing all through summer and winter, and after 1.5 years, 90% of them had formed a bulb and were flowering.
Post by jerrymcmanus on Sept 6, 2019 13:59:01 GMT -5
New here and new to growing garlic in containers. I live in Southern Oregon state in the US, a small town right on the coast so a solid maritime climate with cool rainy winters and mild windy summers. The growing season is only about 3 months, but I have been blessed with a sunny south-facing balcony on my second floor flat.
I thought I would try planting some cloves from some store-bought garlic that caught my eye at the local supermarket. I noticed some purple hues and I know that is a good sign for some good garlic. I planted about a dozen large cloves last fall and was delighted to see about 8 or 10 vigorous plants sprouting just before the winter rains.
When the weather warmed this spring the plants went wild! Lots of water and lots of sunny weather over the last few months and I harvested 8 beautiful bulbs of homegrown garlic just a few weeks ago. They have dried beautifully and I am looking forward to replanting the best cloves next month (October).
I have been browsing articles on growing garlic as a perennial, so imagine my surprise and delight when one of my soft-necks actually put up a scape! I have been very careful to keep that plant healthy and happy, and so far the results are promising.
About a month ago the spathe split open and I observed what looked to be both healthy bulbils and also some flowers. I waited about a week for the bulbils to mature a bit and when I noticed them turning purple I carefully plucked them off with the help of a toothpick. It's been about three weeks now and the ovaries seem to be developing nicely, albeit slowly. Each ovary is developing three pods and they are starting to show some color.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but a few more weeks and with a little more good weather I may have some true seed to show. Wish me luck!
Post by jerrymcmanus on Oct 2, 2019 14:05:20 GMT -5
It's been about 3 weeks since my last post and the ovaries have been VERY slow to develop. But they do appear to be developing, at least some of them are.
The healthiest ones have developed swollen green stems, I'm guessing this is where the last of the plant's energy is being stored. the ovaries without green stems seem to be withering. Looks promising!