Question about Elephant Garlic I got at swap

tn_veggie_gardner(7)May 17, 2009

I read a good bit about the Elephant Garlic here on GardenWeb in Alliums forum. My question is this: I put it in a good size pot (about 24 inch diameter x 16-20 inches tall). There are 7 "bulbs" of it. Why is it already yellowing? I watered it slightly & it got some sun today. Is there anything else I need to do or is this just transplant shock and it will green back up in a few days? Please let me know. Thanks! - Steve

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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 11:20PM
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bigorangevol(Nashville)

Steve call me this week and I'll hook you up with a biggun! I'm talking 5' tall.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 11:21PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Awesome...will do...thanks! =)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 10:45AM
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tngreenthumb(z6 TN)

Ours limped along last year after we got them at the spring swap. This year they are coming along right nicely. Then too, we put ours in the ground.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 10:56AM
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flowersglory(7)

Steve because of being dug and transplanted the garlic will not do anything this year, set aside til next year when it will, go ahead and cut tops off now. Glenda

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 12:13PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Ok, thanks Glenda. =) Will do when I get home...how do I need to store it until its Fall planting?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 12:19PM
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april_h_o(Z6 Nashville)

You don't necessarily have to store it - you can leave it in the pot, but like Glenda said,it won't do anything and may appear to die back completely. Don't panic, though -- Garlic goes dormant after blooming and such - then it will show back up in the early spring next year. In fact, mine started putting out leaves in February I think. It just likes cool weather.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 1:53PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Ok, great...i'll just leave it be in that pot then. Can I put it in a less sunny spot for "storage" or does it still need an almost full sun spot? I have limited space and could fit another tomato plant or more in the room it's using now.

Thanks - Steve

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 2:58PM
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bigorangevol(Nashville)

Don't let the dirt in the pot freeze! I keep ours in the ground year-round and mulch/compost over it in the Fall.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 11:51PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Ok...i'll probably just leave it in a mostly shady spot for now (cuz I only have so much sun room & other things can go there) & i'll toss a new layer of something on it before bringing it inside for the 2-3 months of freezing temps in Winter.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 10:32AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Leave it in a sunny location until the foliage is no longer green. There's still some green in your picture.

After that, no light at all is needed. So even complete shade is fine.

I wonder if you want have a problem if you bring the pot inside. Warm temps are going to cause the bulbs to resprout. Is there no way to bury the pot outside somewhere?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2009 at 10:50AM
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