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Elephant Garlic in northern mountainous regions?

Posted by warren4321 z5 ME (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 4, 10 at 23:40

Here's a question for the gurus.

I have many, many times tried to grow elephant garlic in my little region of Maine. I have figured out the intricacies of getting it to survive and thrive even through the false springs, spring flooding, summer droughts, etc, that are common here. However, I cannot get it to grow as elephant garlic. It ALWAYS develops into Pearl Garlic, which is the same species, but grows very very different. Pearl Garlic is a valuable crop, the US even imports it from the Himalayan mountain region, but it requires much more work to harvest than garlic.

What I'm wondering, is if there is a trick into getting it to grow into the normal garlic form in northern mountainous regions, or is it just programmed to grow as Pearl Garlic in this region, no matter what I do? I have a feeling that the answer will be the latter, but...

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RE: Elephant Garlic in northern mountainous regions?

I really don't understand what the problem is here other than maybe you are planting the little tan colored seeds that grow on the outside of the elephant bulbs. if you planted the elephant cloves like you should it would grow into another bulb.

RE: Elephant Garlic in northern mountainous regions?

are you planting it in the fall and harvesting it in July? When you say "Pearl" garlic, are you talking about garlic rounds? Rounds are immature heads/bulbs that didn't divide to cloves yet. Maybe you are harvesting them too early or planting them too late?

RE: Elephant Garlic in northern mountainous regions?

I think, if you plant those pearl garlics or better yet EG cloves in the fall (maybe early spring in Mane), you should get multi-clove garlic. JMO.

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