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Garlic Triplets?

Posted by cmrozewski 6b (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 8, 12 at 13:17

Hello all,
I'm growing Lorz Italian garlic this season, and I have noticed something strange happening. Some of the individual garlic cloves I planted have developed three separate plants. I would say close to 20% of my garlic plants have developed these triplet plants. These plants develop their own individual bulbs, but are almost fused together where they touch. I have searched all over for information about this phenomenon but I can't seem to find anything. Just wondering if this a common occurrence?

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RE: Garlic Triplets?

I have had this happen too. Usually when what I think is a single clove is really 2 or 3 tiny cloves.

RE: Garlic Triplets?

I agree with defigart, sometimes when separating the cloves it's easy to miss noticing that one clove is actually two or more. When my Northern White gets really big, it's common that one huge clove is actually a double thats still connected if you peel it and look closely. If this clove get planted, more than one plant develops.
I've found that if you let more than one plant develop in the same spot the garlic size at harvest is much smaller.

RE: Garlic Triplets?

In my experience, this happens when the plants get too much rain too late in the season. Some varieties may be more prone to this as it seems my Korean Red does this often. Of course, it could be my fault for thinking I can get those as large as some of my other varieties.

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