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Need a garlic expert

Jeanne SpearsJeanne Spears Posts: 27 ✭✭✭

I've been growing hardneck (seed) garlic for 40+ years - the type that forms a garlic bulb underground and a cluster of bulblets/seeds at the top of its main stalk. This year I had a garlic plant come up off to the side of my regular patch which I figured was just from a stray seed. As the season progressed, it developed quite a tall (4 ft+) main stalk, then bloomed rather than the usual seed "pod". The bloom was about 4 inches in diameter and light pink. After plant matured, I collected the bloom which had developed small black seeds like onions, and a very nice white garlic bulb from underground. Then I noticed attached to the roots of the bulb with three small bulbs, like small flat garlic cloves, each on an individual root. Can someone tell me what I have here?

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  • FergFerg Currently United States, Appalachia. Previously Great Lakes, GNYMA, Germany.Posts: 130 ✭✭✭

    maybe you could post a picture?

  • chimboodle04chimboodle04 Posts: 287 ✭✭✭

    That sounds like the formation of corms at the bottom. I have not seen it personally with Garlic, but what you describe happens with other bulbs and that is what they are called.

  • toreytorey Posts: 1,353 admin

    I was at a neighbour's this morning and she showed me an excellent book called The Complete Book of Garlic by Ted Jordan Meredith. I didn't have time to look at it in great detail but it looks like a great book that might have some answers for you. Goes into botanical detail and genetics quite a bit.

  • nicksamanda11nicksamanda11 Posts: 55 ✭✭✭

    That sounds awesome! I love surprises that grow😋

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