garlic bulbils finally find their home

i’ve given updates several times over the progress of the garlic bulbils in the greenhouse.  i’ve been fretting as to if they would sprout or not, and once they sprouted i fretted that they wouldn’t be big enough to plant out in time before it got really cold and ground froze.  this week we planted them out.

they have sized up nicely, the largest about the size of big leek seedlings.

the roots have developed really well and the plants look good and strong.  i did neglected to harder these off, which may make for a difficult time for them, but the greenhouse they have been growing in is unheated, so at least they haven’t been pampered too much.

four rows, 5 inches apart, plants about every three inches, about an inch and a half deep.  i think we could have planted them even tighter, but since it’s an untried crop i just wanted to plant the one bed and see how they did and then decide if to plant them in larger bulk and at what spacing next year.

after planting they go under quickhoops,  basically just pvc electrical conduit and floating row cover.  for more information on installing quick hoops you can see last years how to post here.

in addition to the garlic bulbils, we also planted our more normal garlic from cloves.

1200 row feet, now safely under straw for the winter, to be harvested next year.

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5 responses to “garlic bulbils finally find their home

  1. Oooh I am intrigued by your bulbils. I will be eagerly awaiting updates in the spring and summer.
    Why no straw with those poor babies though? Does the hoop house keep things warm enough that they won’t need it?

    • it has everything to do with what you want these poor babies to do, with regular garlic you really just want it to get root growth in the fall, go dormant during the winter and then start sprouting leaves and top growth come spring. The mulch protects them and keeps them from heaving out from the frost cycle, and putting on top growth too early when it will get frozen off.

      The little bulbils on the other hand, we want to grow quickly and have them ready in early spring – i’m hoping for an april harvest, so we want them to keep growing under row cover whenever we have a warm sunny day. if we had mulch on them the soil wouldn’t have a chance to warm up. could you grow regular garlic under quick hoops over the winter and have an earlier crop? not sure, would seem like you could, but somehow i would imagine the crop to be weaker and store poorly. sounds like an idea to try for next year. thanks for the questions.

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  3. i was thinking about doing that myself with bubils.and im glad your already in the process of it.i am overwhelmed with info and was wondering if you could tell me step by step of how.so you took the bubils and dried them out and planted them in a green house like 2 weeks after you took them and then by fall put them out.which they will then sit all winter and do their thing and then come spring would let them grow until they are ready to be harvested and then take those little rounds and then wait till fall to put them in the ground and so on till you acxhieved bulbs.please help im really going to do this and want to take 1300 bubils this summer and then i want to put them in a green house.also how did it turn out? thank you, rich

    • they turned out fine. though my thoughts of using them for green garlic didn’t really work out the way i intended. but after about six months in the ground they formed bulbs about the size of a shooter marble. letting those cure now, and gonna try and plant a few again in the fall for full size garlic.

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