green tips on garlic

faithling(z4 VT)October 9, 2005

I've grown garlic successfully for many years and have been planting the same varieties of soft and hard neck garlic for some time. This year all the soft neck garlic has green tips when you peel the bulbs. It doesn't seem to affect the taste but I assume it means they will be sprouting sooner in storage this winter.

Was it something I did in planting, harvesting or curing the garlic to cause this premature greening? (Luckily they haven't shown any sign of sprouting yet.)

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username_5(banned for no reason)

Was your garlic planted shallowly? Did you see the top portion above ground level? Garlic can turn green and bitter when exposed to direct sunlight.

Just my best guess.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 10:16PM
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faithling(z4 VT)

I had them heavily mulched as usual. but maybe some of them did get exposed to light as they matured, now that you mention it. Perhaps I need to be sure to plant them deeper this year. I was also wondering if exposure to light while curing would turn the tips green.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 9:45PM
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