does my garlic have a problem?

rebaru(z5 QC)June 29, 2012

I'm growing garlic for the first time. All the bulbs came up, and the leaves have grown. But i still haven't had any flowers - which my son was counting on for cooking - and now the leaves seem to be falling over instead of standing up straight. Is there a problem or is this normal? Will I still get a harvest? And when is the garlic ready to harvest? Many questions. Thanks for the help!

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elffriend(zone 5 ON)

It depends on the type of garlic you planted. Hardneck garlic will send up scapes. They are not really flowers, but they are great to eat. If yours didn't send up scapes, you probably planted softneck.

You should harvest them when 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaves have turned yellow and the plant looks like it's starting to die. Do not let all the leaves turn yellow/brown or your garlic will not store well.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 11:30AM
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rebaru(z5 QC)

Thanks for the info. i just bought from some guy at the market - hardy for quebec? yes. poor son - no garlic flowers. but i will be paying attention to get them out of the ground in good time.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 5:06PM
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