fert. for max bulb size

ALPSin_NYJune 18, 2006

Here in Western NY my first attempt at garlic is starting to grow scapes! It's time to remove them and cut back on water now.

I know high nitrogen fertilizer will lead to excess green, leafy growth (as with any veggie) but haven't I read that fertilizer high in another element can help increase bulb size? Was it the P or K? And I'm I too late to add it?

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gardenlad(6b KY)

Actually, you should have added it a month ago. Bulbing action has started by now (it's triggered by day-length).

I amend my soil just before planting with compost, blood meal, bone meal, and wood ashes---the last three at the rate of 1 cup per row foot. Long about May I side-dress with the same amendments (less the compost) at the same rate.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2006 at 7:31PM
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oldroser(z5)

I generally side-dress with 5-10-5 or 10-10-10 as soon as growth starts in spring and again about 6 weeks later. It's too late now - almost time for harvest!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 2:35PM
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