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Name: Nooney Sigesmund
Toronto Ontario Canada (Zone 4b)
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Permastake
Jul 20, 2020 11:06 AM CST
Hello
We harvested a mysterious single garlic bulb last year from our own stock.3 solo bulbs were planted last October among the regular cloves and marked with the Permastake aluminum marker that we manufacture thank goodness. One of the three solo bulbs did not have the scape removed. The scape is now 5 ft long and the stem is 2inches in diameter. We plan to harvest next week.. Does anyone have experience with solo garlic bulbs. they are in full sun and cold weather



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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jul 20, 2020 3:43 PM CST
How interesting... did you buy the cloves as Solo by name?

I have one that was given to me years ago that I grow. Full sun and mild winters here.
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
Jul 20, 2020 11:51 PM CST
There is one variety of an heirloom garlic that is a sole bulb. Would harvest as you would a cloved variety- when the stem dies back. There is inevitably always leftover in ground bulbs, here in the south we just plant them under a good tree with rich soil and leave them year round, harvesting or digging as we need them from their colony. Self renewing multi aged garlic bed.
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Name: Nooney Sigesmund
Toronto Ontario Canada (Zone 4b)
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Permastake
Jul 24, 2020 7:05 PM CST
We planted a regular clove from our own garlic harvested the season before from our own regular multicloved bulb.

it is interesting that garlic will grow year round. . good information. thanks
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Container Gardener Herbs Moon Gardener Enjoys or suffers hot summers Heirlooms
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kittriana
Jul 24, 2020 9:09 PM CST
It kinda does here, but it does recede in the summer, when we leave the cloves in ground it returns if our summers aren't too wet, we don't freeze like you guys up there in the north pole, chuckl.
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Name: Nooney Sigesmund
Toronto Ontario Canada (Zone 4b)
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Permastake
Jul 25, 2020 2:37 PM CST
We just harvested today and found the tallest garlic had divided into 2 cloves; so surprising.. We left one solo bulb in the ground as in your experience, and will see what happens next year under the snow..kind of fun


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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jul 28, 2020 7:34 PM CST
@Permastake
This link takes you to the thread I had posted in an attempt to ID my single clove garlic. Of course, that is if you would be interested. If not, please disregard.
The thread "Heirloom Garlic ~ single clove" in Plant ID forum

You called yours a solo bulb. There actually is a single bulb garlic grown in the middle east called Solo. The way your initial post read, I am guessing the single clove garlic you came across was a fluke and not a type known as Solo. As far as I am aware, they are not imported into the US. I had wondered if Canada allowed them to be imported but I guess not.
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Name: Nooney Sigesmund
Toronto Ontario Canada (Zone 4b)
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Permastake
Aug 2, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Hello Kristi
The single bulb garlic we just called solo and it was harvested last year from the clove we had planted from our own garlic we plant every year. We got three single bulbs. This year we planted these single bulbs and surprisingly they all produced divided bulbs when we harvested this year. We have been told that sometimes a single bulb will form if the growing climate is too warm. We have been growing garlic in a 4b zone for 20 years and this was a first for us.

The other interesting thing is we decided not to remove the scape that is formed in June ( and usually removed to allow a better bulb to form) and this particular garlic produced a larger divided bulb.

So go figure???



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