Garlic—what am I doing wrong?

I noticed a few of my garlic plants had multiple stems so I pulled a couple up to see what was happening :

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It’s obvious they weren’t going to form a single bulb. Although I planted only one clove initially, it looks like I’ve planted a whole bulb and each of the cloves has sprouted separately.

Most of the remaining plants seem to be OK, i.e. there’s only one stem, so I’m hoping to get some decent single bulbs.

Does anyone know why this happens?

 

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8 Responses to “Garlic—what am I doing wrong?”

  1. notsomethingelse Says:

    I’m no expert, but what you have there may be garlic ’rounds’ as described in this article (third paragraph): http://www.organicgardener.com.au/blogs/planting-garlic

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Thanks for the link. Penny Woodward is excellent value. I don’t think I’ve got rounds. I’ve had them before and it seems to happen when a bulb doesn’t form into cloves. The bulbs in question have formed into cloves, but each of the cloves has sprouted a stalk at some stage—too early it seems. They’re still edible (I had some in pasta last night), but the flavour is a lot milder.

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  2. rabidlittlehippy Says:

    I can’t help you there but I’d be most interested to learn why too. I have a few like this as well. I wonder whether the clove was beginning to divide itself inside already, although not visible yet to us, when we planted it.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      These were from a batch of supermarket garlic. I know they’re often treated to stop sprouting, but maybe that wears off eventually and the bulb sprouts but not in the proper way. My garlic from Yelwek is going beautifully, and that wasn’t treated, so maybe that’s the solution. I’d like to know what they treat it with. Some Googling coming up.

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      • rabidlittlehippy Says:

        I have a feeling some of it is irradiated isn’t it? 😦 That will definitely stop it sprouting. The things we do to food to keep it looking nice for longer! *shakes head*

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  3. fergie51 Says:

    Certainly sounds like a ’round’ in the article. Have you planted in a different spot from last season? No chance that when pulling, some bulbs were left in the ground and have sprung up?

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      No, a ’round’ is a single bulb that hasn’t formed cloves. What I’ve got is a collection of small bulbs each with a separate leaf stalk. The original single bulbs were planted in a wicking box where garlic hasn’t been previously.

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  4. narf77 Says:

    No idea…maybe it’s a different kind of garlic? I am an expert on garlic but only when it comes to the many and varied ways to ferry it into my mouth, not prior to placing it reverently on a chopping board 😉

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