Starting Bulbils Indoors?

calendulamoonFebruary 1, 2009


I was given some Bulbils at a seed exchange yesterday and am now trying to figure out the best way to proceed.I know garlic is usually planted in the fall, but since it is already Februrary:

1. Should I wait to plant them in the Spring or should I start them indoors? I am wondering about starting them indoors because some are already sprouting and perhaps it would give them a head start since the growing season is so short here. My concern with planting them indoors however, is that they might get too disturbed when I transplant them outside.

2.If indoors, how long before last frost should I start them?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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watermelon7(9 - 10)

Garlic is a perennial plant. It can be started and grown any time of the year, though some times may not be the best to start. I would recommend starting indoors then transplanting outdoors after last frost or, you can keep the bulbils and start them outside after last frost, if you want to, even though garlic does not suffer from shock as much as other plants. They will still grow. Garlic takes about 8 months to mature, so be patient.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 8:59PM
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watermelon7(9 - 10)

Or, you can start your garlic plant inside in a small pot, and keep it in the pot to mature as a house plant. The greens are eatable, too.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2009 at 9:00PM
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Thank you! I will start them inside now and plant some out and keep others as a house plant.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 10:08AM
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listenstohorses(6 & 8)

I planted walking onion bulbils in pots today. I was given a shoe box full.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 10:49PM
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