Botrytis is Suspected
Of course I have been in my garlic bed at least three times a day waiting to harvest. This is my second year growing it, first time with other varieties.
I had prepared my patch pretty well with lots of organic matter and such. On one side I planted seed from the Garlic Store, the other side was from trade and my own garden, mostly rounds and bulbils. Haven't watered the patch since the spring. Mother Nature did give me some long patches of rain right when it started to warm up.
Needless to say, the side I planted seed from the Garlic Store is having odd symptoms. In the past couple of months, the tips on the top are beginning to brown. The leaves look streaked. Most recently random ones are flopping over. Some have developed large bulbs, others puny. I thought maybe because some are softnecks. But I'll go out and a new one will have just flopped.
The varieties I got from TGS are :
Corsican Red- harvested the rest by today
Today I was perusing the Garlic Seed Foundation website and looked at their diseases page, and voila I found Botrytis Porri. From what I've been reading about it says it can happen during storage or in the field with long periods of damp weather followed by warm.
Seems obvious I can't replant this garlic. Even on the other side where it's not showing. I am good about rotating my crops, but now I can't plant anywhere near where this has gone on. I really wanted to share this seed and now I am really bummed out. I did keep at least one scape on each variety to save the bulbils. Is it possible the plants will die before the bulbils are mature? Should I harvest the bulbs early?
Does anyone here have experience with this and suggestions? Gah, my heart is broken!