when the leaves have started to die back,
but before they all have. if you wait too
long the tunic on the bottom starts to
degrade. it's not a big issue if you are
just keeping it for yourself, but it is
nicer to have a good tunic for storage.
i keep it regularly watered up until
the last few weeks.
In my climate (new england) it's usually 6 weeks or so from scapes (I
need to cut them soon) to harvest. I used to wait too long and let the
whole plant go brown - and I never had decent wrappers. I now try to
harvest with at least 4 leaves still green, and I have better wrappers.
Dry in shade for a while after harvest. We are not much for irrigation
(though I'll have to step that up if tomorrow's rains don't come - today
there was a rain hole in the big line that passed over, so we got
nothing), but you're in a desert climate and probably need to - "evenly
moist" is a goal up until the last couple of weeks.
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