New here and hope someone can help me. Last year I did not dig my garlic
up in time. Now there are lots and lots of leaves coming up where the
garlic cloves were planted.
What can I do with these? Do I dig them up and plant them elsewhere or
leave them? If I do leave them where they are, will they grow into large
You'll get whole bunch of small bulbs, because each clove will make a bulb.
You can try to separate and replant some, but the loss of roots and growing
time will still make smaller than normal bulbs. If you don't want them for
seed garlic in the fall, just pull and use like scallions-these are a big
deal in Asian markets.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
You can do either, and will probably get definitive advice that you MUST
leave them where they are and also conflicting definitive advice that
you MUST dig them up and move them.
Having actually done both, I'd leave them where they are for now. Got
our best harvest the year after we "forgot" the whole bed, and have had
poor luck with transplanting (or planting) garlic in spring, better luck
with both in the fall. I normally plant cloves saved for planting in the
fall, and also transplant the ones that come up where we dug the garlic
and missed a few in the fall. If I miss any until spring, I leave them
be where they are. Does increase the risk of soil-borne disease (as
you're not rotating) but that disease (if any, and there may be none)
will probably get transplanted along with the plants if you move them.
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