I can only respond for elephant garlic because that is the only one of
the plants you listed that we have done the research on. We have found that
removing green leaves in the spring reduces bulb size. Removing the flower
stalk definitely increases total yield and bulb size, but must be done
early. If you wait until the bud is fully formed and just starting to split
open, its too late and you might as well leave it.
Jeanine M. Davis. Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
N.C. Specialty Crops Program Coordinator
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
2016 Fanning Bridge Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone: 828-684-3562 ext. 133
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
Behalf Of Craig Gilbert
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2000 12:53 AM
Subject: Elephant garlic growing questions
What is the impact of cutting back spring growth from garlic, elephant
garlic, and onions. I use these greens primarily in soups and stiry fry.
Do more grow out? Does it impact the size of the clove? The elephant
garlic have "leaves" which lend them selves to pruning. What is impact of
taking new leaves or tops vs. bottom leaves.
Does letting the flower bloom truly reduce the size of the bulb?
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