I don't know for sure mine won't do that. I'v let it grow for twenty years but never really grown it. I'm guessing it lived at the very least 100 years on its own before I found it. I'm anxious to see what it really does in your and Toms's care. I never gave it nicely prepared soil, never fertilized it. Sometimes all I did was mow around it when it came up out in the grass. I have had good sized bulbs when it came up here or there in prepared parts of the garden so I know it can make them. I didn't know it made rounds.
My onions are similar and they didn't take kindly to being cultivated which is why I can't send you any bulbils this year, or maybe it was the weather but instead of hundreds I got a couple dozen, lots of seedless flowers instead. Not risking that same mistake with the garlic. I have it planted now in actual cultivation but for insurance scattered a lot of bulbils to do their own thing and just left some completely on its own like always.
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Post by kazedwards on Nov 22, 2016 12:02:36 GMT -5
Interesting. The Chesnok Red that I grow doesn't have as much purple as the pictures I see online. That might be because I tend to harvest them late due to TGS production. Each variety might act different when it comes to coloring and soil. I curious to see how they do at the new place since the soil is so different there.
I'll have to post pictures after I harvest and see if anyone recognizes the results.
A few years ago I got hardneck samples from several folks here. Most did poorly and weren't worth replanting, but one bulb that I missed survived and came back the next year. I grew stuff around it and left it in the dirt. This year the clump was big enough (and they started sending up scapes) that I dug it up to see what I had, and have since separated the cloves and replanted. Hopefully I have successfully adapted a hardneck to my garden. The rub is that I have no idea which variety survived!
The chances of finding out what's actually going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say, "Hang the sense of it," and keep yourself busy. I'd much rather be happy than right any day. --Slartibartfast, Hitchhiker's Guide
I urge other HG garlic growers to post their 2017 garlic lists in this thread, no matter how large or small. Would be fun to see what varieties and types other folks here are growing.
I found some green garlic sprouts emerging from some mouldy cloves we'd thrown in our cold compost bin so I rescued them and stuck them in a corner of one of our beds behind the rhubarb. They came from the supermarket but are growing well whatever they are.
We have some Elephant garlic growing too to the extent that counts
Anyone know much about this garlic variety? I saw it during my annual catalog perusal and was toying with trying it out next year (with bulb shipments not 'til Sep/Oct I can't do it this year) link
I think I am growing the same variety, but spelled Xi'an. Richters lists it as a Purple Stripe though; mine is a Turban... so it is possible the two are different cultivars. Based upon their "early maturing" comment, though, Richters could be in error, since earliness is a trait common to Turbans. The bulbs in the photo closely resemble mine.
If it is the same as mine, not the biggest bulbs, but good sized cloves & decent flavor... and it will probably be the first garlic you harvest.
Miss-spellings - and even miss-identifications - are, unfortunately, fairly common. Another garlic collector I know said that there were other versions of Xi'an floating around.
Speaking of how common miss-identifications are... I was just looking at Victory Seeds for the soybean thread, and some of their variety names are wrong. I know this because their source obtained them from me.
Blue, Richter's description starts out saying that it's an artichoke type and goes on to say that it's a purple stripe. Can't be both. When we grew it at We Grow Garlic, we called it a turban. It was just as shown on your link and called it Xian.
toomanyirons , glad to hear the RHH is doing well. That will be interesting to see what the little secondary bulbils turn in to. All my garlic is doing good with exception of Russian Red. It is alive but doing poorly compared to the others. RHH is by far the biggest followed by the seed grown Chesnock Red they are both a foot tall or so. (biggest RHH is still the plants that were left on their own)
Next comes the other Chesnock Red, Spanish Roja and German Brown but they are not significantly different in size from each other. If Russian Red doesn't perk up pretty soon I may cull it out and use the space for something else.
I'll post some pictures of it all sometime. It isn't very photogenic right now, spring weeds are a little thick.
Post by grampathom on Apr 14, 2017 20:48:49 GMT -5
I am new here so here goes. I have been growing Elephant Garlic for many years ( yes, I know that it's a Leek). The last few years I have been experimenting with different varieties in addition. All I have to work with is my backyard with an Eastern exposure. Garlic, Onions, Leeks and Shallots grow very well here. October 2016 I planted Aho Rojo, Tibetian, Chinese Pink and Korean Red in addition to the Elephant Garlic. A friend gave me a very large purple Garlic which he did not know the name of. It had eight cloves and I stuck them in pots. All eight sprouted and are doing well. Come harvest time I will post pictures and maybe someone can identify it for me.