Garlic Vernalization Question
NW Pasco County. Organic intensive raised beds. Climate data for Brooksville at the "Weatherbase" site are representative.
Winter09Summer 10 was my first experience growing garlic. Generic grocerystore, which I kept in the fridge for a couple of months before setting in Dec.
This year, hoping for a little more flavor, am trying "Inchelium Red" which is purported to do well in the Gulf Coast states. The sets arrived in first week of Sept. and currently are in fridge at 35°(F), where theyll remain until, at least, December. Although, in December, overnight lows may get into 40smid 30s, duration is in hours (sometimes "hour") and daytime highs are often in the 70s. As a rule, we dont get any successive "cold" days until Jan and Feb. Of course, by then the garlic is growing apace but will not need protection.
My question is: After a couple of months induced vernalization, will the onagain, offagain nature of what passes for Winter down here have any (significant) negative effect on bulb size and/or clove development? I am toying with the idea of waiting until midJan, or thereabouts, to set the garlic, at the risk of pushing harvest forward into our rainy season. Is there any point to doing so? Is it counter-productive? Does anyone know?