Seed gar­lic

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Garlic -

Seed gar­lic is pro­duced by spe­cial­ity grow­ers who are look­ing for the top graded crop, set­ting aside in­fe­rior bulbs for use as ta­ble gar­lic. Seed gar­lic grow­ers select dis­ease free, un­dam­aged heads that are medium to large in size (too small and they yield weak bulbs the next sea­son; too large and they are also in­fe­rior). In ad­di­tion, seed gar­lic grow­ers re­ju­ve­nate their stock on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, to en­sure the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of each strain re­main true to type. This is done by grow­ing new stock up from the tiny bul­bils (mini gar­lic bulbs) that form at the end of gar­lic scapes, a process that takes up to five years but is also the only way to en­sure va­ri­etal in­tegrity over time.

Bul­bils form at the end of the gar­lic scapes.

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