Is russian inferno garlic late to sprout?

Prachi(6b (NJ))November 8, 2013

I am growing:
german red
spanish roja
chinese pink
russian inferno

all of these have sprout except the russian inferno... I've planted them Columbus day weekend (October 14).

Not worried just curious.. its my first time growing russian inferno.

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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I don't know the answer. But I think it might to do with the condition of the bulbs/clove before planting. Were they kept in cold, or room temperature ?, how fresh/old were they ... ?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 6:59AM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

If you planted the Russian Inferno correctly (and I assume you did) then they should be fine. It's not neccesary for garlic to sprout before winter, all it needs to do is grow roots. Now if they don't show up next spring, then you've got a problem.

If you're curious you can carefully dig up a clove and check for signs of growth.


    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 7:48PM
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Prachi(6b (NJ))

The Cloves were kept in a brown paper bag at room temperature. I had received the cloves 2 weeks prior to planting them.

Thanks for the replies... all of my other garlic has sprouted (except a few of the spanish roja)... so I'll wait it out and see.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 9:25PM
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Some Russian varieties (don't know about that one) were valued for Storage qualities. That would also mean slower sprouting.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2013 at 12:03AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Garlics naturally have tendency to sprout in cooler temperature. I heard this some years ago NOT to store your gralics in the frig as it will hasten sprouting. Instead, keep it at 50 to 65F or at room temper.
So it is possible for a variety to require some colder soil temperature to sprout . And also, I think that garlic has a time clock. That means, it will not sprout any/every time that you plant it; it has a mind of its own.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Sorry about late post. By now your Russian inferno probably came up. I grow Russian inferno and always seems to be the last to emerge, do not know why. Russian inferno is an asiatic garlic which as a group emerge later than other varieties. Hope that helps, but I suspect by now you have seen some sprouting.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 2:06PM
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