garlicky leek seed?
Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:13:58 PDT
On 31 Jul 2009, at 21:29, Diane Whitehead wrote:

> I grow two kinds of garlic, or I should say, of all the kinds of  
> garlic I have bought to plant over the years, two persist.
> One is a genuine garlic, with snaky stems and heads of bulbils.
> The other, I think, is a type of leek.  It has sharp-edged hard  
> bulbils attached to the big bulb by white "threads".  Some of these  
> break off and remain in the soil, so I have it growing forever  
> wherever I have planted it.  I have begun digging it as I normally do  
> at this time, as the leaves are dry.  It is also in flower - a ball of  
> pale pink flowers - and it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps it  
> would produce seeds.  I don't know how long would be needed for this.   
> I wouldn't want to leave the bulbs in the ground until the rains  
> start, as they might not keep till next summer if they don't dry off  
> properly.
> Does anyone else leave theirs to go to seed, and does it take very  
> long for it to ripen?

What you have there sounds like rocambole (Allium sativum ophioscordon) and 
elephant garlic (A. ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum).

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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