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
In case you ever wondered whether Australia takes it's quarentine/biosecurity laws seriously - they do. Thought I'd pop this link up. TGC is currently closed for this reason (I guess).
Post by jerrymcmanus on Nov 21, 2019 12:36:17 GMT -5
Well, it looks like a bust after all. The ovaries continue to wither and no sign of true seed. The few ovaries that are still green stopped developing weeks ago.
I think I know why now, the bulb I left in the ground has started sprouting! We had a stretch of cooler than usual weather and apparently that was enough to start the bulb growing again. I've given up on true seed for now, but I'm going to leave the whole thing alone and see what comes up.
Certainly a good learning experience, garlic really does want to be a perennial if given the chance!
I've managed to get my hands on a limited number of true garlic seeds and I wanted to hedge my bets by trying different sowing techniques to ensure the highest likelihood of successful germination. I'm a little anxious about it because I value the seeds so I wanted some input on how my plans sound/ what else I could do.
Where I am it's just under a month away from the winter solstice. We get mild winters; temps bottom out around 1 or 2 degrees Celsius. I'm going to bleach treat the seeds and put half of them in the fridge to cold stratify for six weeks. The other half I plan on sowing without stratification hoping that the winter temps will be enough. Will a couple of degrees Celsius be cold enough?
Here's the plan:
1. Cold scarification in fridge - direct sown 2. Cold scarification in fridge - sown in trays 3. No cold scarification in fridge - direct sown 4. No cold scarification in fridge - sown in trays
I plan on sowing shortly after the winter solstice (early-mid winter) and again during late winter.
What do people think? Am I over thinking it and is there just a "best way" that I should use to get solid results or should I play around with it?
And Moloch, that is a wicked result! Why do you think you've been having so much success? What process did you use for sowing this seasons seeds?
My success is surely do to raw numbers... sow 1000+ seeds, and a few will sprout.
My first try was a 30-day dry stratification in the fridge (with seeds from Ivan). I germinated them indoors, about 10% sprouted. (most of them died because I had them in small 3-inch deep containers)
My second attempt was 30-days in the fridge sandwiched between 2 wet paper towels (with seeds from Garlicana). I sowed these outside in the spring. About 20% germinated.
My third attempt was 30-days in the fridge on top of a single wet paper towel (with my own seeds). I sowed these outside, but we got a late frost. Only 1 seed germinated.
My fourth attempt (pictured). I put them in the fridge, half were sandwiched between 2 wet paper towels, half sitting on top (my own seeds). Some were left for 17 days, some 22 days, some 28 days. I didn't notice much difference in germination rates between them. About 10% germinated this year.
I just get my soil prepared and amended, drop seeds on top, then cover with 2-3mm of soil and water them in.
synergy: I am planning a kind of walk under/mow under grape trellising system too, like the ones you see in Japanese videos so I can mow or run ducks or geese ? assorted mini critters under them .
May 26, 2020 12:39:58 GMT -5
synergy: Reed, as long as the top is not too high, just above your head , is it very hard to prune ?
May 26, 2020 12:41:03 GMT -5